Interoperability for Planned Events
- Tuesday, March 28, 2017: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
- Room: S229
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Interoperable communications are vital not only for emergencies, but also for planned events, such as large sporting events (Super Bowl and World Series), spectator events (air and sea shows), trade summits (World Trade Organization and Free Trade Area of the Americas), and conferences/conventions (Democratic/Republican National Conventions). Most planned events require the cooperation of several public safety agencies on a local, state and federal level. In some occasions, they may involve non-government organizations or the military. A planned event also provides an opportunity to learn, practice, and implement interoperability solutions and to better prepare for future spontaneous incidents. This workshop will provide some of the building blocks needed to determine the best methods of providing interoperability, including command and control, usage of gateways, cache loaner radios, multi-agency teams, Joint Operation Centers (JOC), and unified command centers. The roles of the Communications Unit Leader (COML) and Communications Technician (COMT) will also be examined. It is recommended that attendees have a basic understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS). This can be obtained by taking the online course, IS-100.b, Introduction to Incident Command System, on the FEMA Independent Study website.