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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~ October 6, 2009 ~
Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council Annual Meeting
Laura Kingman, WSP/State Interoperability Executive Committee (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
An Example: Fertilizer caught fire in a warehouse in a rural community.
This incident took place in Grandview, Washington
January 26-28, 2005
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.
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.
- 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
- State and Local Emergency Management Directors
- Tribal governments
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).
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.
It takes all of us working together to achieve interoperability:
National Emergency Communications Plan
Interoperability is an investment in Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Washington State Patrol