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When the SAFECOM/NCSWIC Funding and Sustainment Committee met last January (2015) to set its priorities for the year, we asked members what pressing challenges they were facing and how we, as a Committee, could help them address those challenges.  Time and again, members expressed growing challenges identifying and securing funding - not just for major capital improvements to their public safety communications systems, but equally important the funding throughout the system life cycle, for operations and necessary upgrades during that time period. With cut-backs in federal grants, fiscal pressure on state and local governments, and other public safety needs and projects competing for funds, many state and local public safety agencies were struggling to secure the funding that they need to keep their communications systems up and running, or to move forward with major improvements.

SAFECOM is managed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications (OEC). Through these partnerships, SAFECOM has created key documents such as the Interoperability Continuum, the Statement of Requirements (SoR) for baseline communications and interoperability standards, the Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP) Methodology, and the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) to assist emergency responders nationwide with improving communications and interoperability.

Through collaboration with emergency responders and elected officials across all levels of government, SAFECOM works to improve emergency response providers’ inter-jurisdictional and interdisciplinary emergency communications interoperability across local, regional, tribal, State, territorial, international borders, and with Federal government entities. SAFECOM works with existing Federal communications programs and key emergency response stakeholders to address the need to develop better technologies and processes for the coordination of existing communications systems and future networks.

This website provides members of the emergency response community and other stakeholders with resources created by SAFECOM and its partner organizations to improve public safety interoperability. It offers comprehensive information on topics relevant to emergency response communications and features best practices that have evolved from real-world situations.

In order to ensure that SAFECOM remains forward-looking, we ask that you provide questions and feedback via the contact page.

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