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Interoperability in Washington. ~ October 6, 2009 ~ Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council Annual Meeting Laura Kingman, WSP/State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC). SIEC. The problem: Our first responders cannot always talk to each other in crisis situations.

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Interoperability in Washington

~ October 6, 2009 ~

Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council Annual Meeting

Laura Kingman, WSP/State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC)


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SIEC

The problem: Our first responders cannot always talk to each other in crisis situations.

Interoperability ensures emergency responders can talk and share data:

- on demand

- as needed

- as authorized


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  • Interoperability is essential for large disasters and for incidents that can happen in any community on any day

  • Interoperability is essential:

    • across all levels of government

    • across all agency boundaries


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An Example: Fertilizer caught fire in a warehouse in a rural community.

This incident took place in Grandview, Washington

(Yakima County)

January 26-28, 2005


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The incident started with black smoke in the air.

Emergency responders had to quickly determine whether the smoke was toxic and if evacuation of the rural town was necessary.




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By the time the incident ended 3 days later…

over 200 personnel from 38 agencies were involved. Imagine the scope of a similar hazmat incident in an urban area.


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  • Impacts/Issues:

  • 4th largest city in Yakima County (population 8,415)

  • 19 churches

  • 6 public schools

  • 2 private schools

  • I-82 was closed for 17 miles


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SIEC

  • The solution: The State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) was an outcome of a legislative mandate in 2003 to promote interoperability statewide.

  • Membership represents:

    - The Military Department

    - The Washington State Patrol

    - The Washington State Department of Transportation

    - The Department of Information Services

    - The Department of Natural Resources

    - City and County governments

    - State and Local Fire Chiefs

    - Police Chiefs

    - Sheriffs

    - State and Local Emergency Management Directors

    - Tribal governments


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SIEC

  • The SIEC has taken a comprehensive and methodical approach

    • Ground up (starts at local/regional level)

    • High-tech and low-tech solutions

    • In line with national standards and mandates (NIMS, NECP, SAFECOM, OEC)

    • System of systems approach

    • Secured over $30 million in federal funding


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SIEC Contributions to Washington State

Interoperable Communications


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Outreach is the key to success:

The SIEC’s approach empowers and assists emergency responder agencies to work together at the local level to develop interoperability from the ground up (rather than state down).


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In addition, there have been many local and regional interoperability successes, both grant funded and through the application of local dollars, that have contributed toward improving interoperability in the State.


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Success

  • Everyone makes it happen

    It takes all of us working together to achieve interoperability:

    • Policymakers

    • Emergency Responders

    • Administrators

    • Professionals

    • Technical Experts

    • Vendors

    • Healthcare providers

    • Private Citizens



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7 Steps

…TOGETHER


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National Emergency Communications Plan

  • Goal 1 — By 2010, 90 percent of all high-risk urban areas designated within the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) are able to demonstrate response-level emergency communications within one hour for routine events involving multiple jurisdictions and agencies.

  • Goal 2 — By 2011, 75 percent of non-UASI jurisdictions are able to demonstrate response-level emergency communications within one hour for routine events involving multiple jurisdictions and agencies.

  • Goal 3 — By 2013, 75 percent of all jurisdictions are able to demonstrate response-level emergency communications within three hours, in the event of a significant incident as outlined in national planning scenarios.


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The SIEC

  • Washington State has adopted a “System of Systems” approach vs. building one big system for all users and all disciplines.

    • More efficient

    • Easier transition

    • Lower cost

  • The SIEC is interested in furthering interoperability statewide and building cooperative efforts between state, federal, local and tribal systems.


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Success

  • All success stories involve having some kind of plan in place.

    • It doesn’t have to be a perfect plan

    • "A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow." -- General George S. Patton


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Questions?

Interoperability is an investment in Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

www.siec.wa.gov

Laura Kingman

Washington State Patrol

360-507-3881

Laura.Kingman@wsp.wa.gov

SIEC