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									Interoperable Emergency Communications Plan

           Caribou County, Idaho

                June 1, 2007


  Interoperable Emergency Communications Plan

                         Caribou County, Idaho

Lead Contact Information
   a) Designation of Lead Agency for Plan.

       Mr. Dennis Godfrey
       Caribou County Coordinator
       Emergency Services
       P. O. 775
       Soda Springs, Idaho 83276
       (208) 547-2583

   b) Contact Information for Designated Primary Contact.
      For dispatch information contact:

       Sheriff Ray Van Vleet
       Caribou County
       159 E 2nd S #2
       Soda Springs, Idaho 83276

       For the radio information contact:

       Mr. Dennis Godfrey
       Caribou County Coordinator
       Emergency Services
       P. O. 775
       Soda Springs, Idaho 83276
       (208) 547-2583

Managers of Radio Systems within County
   a) List entities and users to be covered by the plan.
                    Caribou County Sheriff’s Office
                    Caribou County Search and Rescue
                    Caribou County Emergency Services
                    Caribou County Road and Bridge
                    Caribou County Fire Department
                    Caribou County Emergency Medical Services
                    Soda Springs Police Department
                    Soda Springs Fire Department
                    Caribou Memorial Hospital

   b) Identify managers of public safety radio systems in county and contact person(s).

       Agency contact information:

   Agency                          Contact                Email
   Sheriff’s Office                Ray Van Vleet
   Emergency Services              Dennis Godfrey
   Road and Bridge                 Kim Spencer            none
   County Fire Department          Dennis Godfrey
   County Emergency Medical        Dennis Godfrey
   Soda Springs Police             Joe Rice
   Soda Springs Fire               Norm Bjorkman
   Caribou Memorial Hospital       John Hoopes

Service Area
   a) Describe coverage area and the population served within area.

       Established February 11, 1919 with its County seat at Soda Springs, Caribou
       County was the last county in Idaho to be created. Caribou County encompasses
       a diverse landscape of irrigated valleys, lava fields, foothills, and mountains
       within its 1,799 square miles. Caribou County is supported economically by two
       major industries: agriculture and mining.

       The total land area of Caribou County is approximately 1,130,304 acres. Private
       lands comprise about 50% of that acreage (567,127 acres). Roughly 10% of the
       county is included in State ownership (112,578 acres) and 39.6% (447,779 acres)
       is in Federal ownership. The northwest corner of the County is in the Ft. Hall
       Indian Reservation, Pubic lands, most of which are managed by the Caribou
       National Forest, are concentrated in the mountain ranges of the eastern portion of
       the county.
       The County's
       Public Lands
       are generally
       leased for
       virtually all
       private lands
       are used for
       production or

b) Generally describe the type of topography/terrain of service area.

    i)   Roads:
         Two major highways transect Caribou County, State Highway 34 and US
         Highway 30. The Union Pacific Railroad also has a major line that
         transverses the County.

    ii) Waterways:
         The Bear River flows through Caribou County and is used several times for
         hydroelectric generation. The River is dammed at Alexander Reservoir and at
         Grace. The Blackfoot Rivers begins in Caribou County and flows through
         Blackfoot Reservoir into Bingham County. The Portneuf River begins at
         Chesterfield Reservoir and flows into Bannock County. Gray’s Lake National
         Wildlife Refuge is located in the northern portion of the County.

    iii) Mountains/hills:
         The Portneuf Range, which crests at Bonneville Peak, forms the county’s
         western border with Bannock County. East of the Portneuf Range lay the
         Portneuf and Gem Valleys. The Portneuf valley is drained by the Portneuf
         River, which flows south and west into Bannock County. Gem Valley and the
         areas south of Grace, toward the Franklin County line, are drained by the Bear
         River. East of the Portneuf and Gem Valleys, Caribou County’s landscape
         becomes complex. A series of northwest-southeast trending mountain ranges
         alternates with valleys drained by the Blackfoot river, which flows north into
         Bingham County, and other streams that flow east and north into the Star
         Valley of Wyoming.

    iv) Other:

   c) Identify the type of structures that present special challenges within the service area (e.g.
      tunnels, high rise buildings, industrial complexes).

       Mountains and Valleys

   d) Provide signal coverage maps as available.

       See Appendix A for Maps

   e) Identify dispatch center(s) that dispatch for the public safety agencies within geographic

       Caribou County has a single dispatch center for the entire County. It also serves
       the City of Soda Springs and is located in the law enforcement complex in the
       Sheriff’s Office.

Frequencies Used and Licensed in County
   a) List frequencies used in the county and the agencies that hold the FCC license.
       See Table Below

   b) List persons responsible for maintaining licensing of frequencies (FCC compliance).
       See Table Below

  Agency       Frequency       Call Sign      Repeater         Repeater        Issue      Responsible
   FCC                                        Location                         Date       Individual
CARIBOU,      155.22          KNGD267        42 39 13.7 N    COUNTY          MAR 23,     CARIBOU CTY
COUNTY OF                                    111 36 38.8 W   COURTHOUSE      2005        SHERIFFS
                                                             159 S MAIN                  MOBILE
CARIBOU,      155.85          KOH762         42 37 46.7 N    SODA POINT      MAR 23,     SHERIFF'S
COUNTY OF     158.73                         111 41 1.8 W                    2005        DEPARTMENT
                                             42 39 11.7 N    109 S MAIN ST
                                             111 36 38.8 W
                                             42 31 2.7 N     SEDGEWICK
                                             111 55 29.8 W   PEAK
CARIBOU,      453.575         WNRO227        42 37 49 N      2 MILES SOUTH   MAR 23,     SHERIFF -
COUNTY OF                                    111 41 37 W     OF              2005        EMERGENCY
                                                             ALEXANDER                   SERVICES

                                             42 6 19 N       ATOP BLACK

                                             111 7 18 W      MOUNTAIN

CARIBOU,      154.025         WNVG267        42 37 46.7 N    SODA PT 5 MI    MAR 23,     RAY VAN
COUNTY OF     155.46                         111 41 1.8 W    SW              2005        VLEET
              158.97                         42 39 11.7 N    109 S MAIN ST
              155.745                        111 36 38.8 W   CARIBOU CTY
                                             42 39 21.7 N    SHOP 11 W
                                             111 36 9.8 W    HOOPER

CARIBOU,        154.07        WPCI994       42 38 59.7 N                    MAR 23,   FIRE DEPT
COUNTY OF                                   111 35 2.8 W                    2005      RONALD G
CARIBOU,        453.1                       42 37 47.7 N    SODA POINT                TV
COUNTY OF       453.325                     111 41 2.8 W                              ASSOCIATION
                                                                                      DAVID GREEN
CARIBOU,        453.25        WQCL635       42 39 32 N                      APR 01,   SHERIFF
COUNTY OF                                   111 35 38 W                     2005
SODA            155.85        KQT946        42 39 11.7 N    109 S MAIN ST   JAN 25,   POLICE DEPT
SPRINGS, CITY                               111 36 38.8 W                   2005
SODA            453.325       WPZQ760       42 39 12 N      159 EAST 2ND    FEB 23,   POLICE DEPT-
SPRINGS, CITY                               111 35 55 W     SOUTH #1        2004
SODA            155.82        KXM815        42 39 29.7 N    9 W 2ND S       OCT 24,   CITY
SPRINGS, CITY                               111 35 52.8 W                   2003
SODA SPRINGS    153.83        WPCP868       42 38 59.7 N                    JUL 12,   CITY
FIRE                                        111 35 2.8 W                    2003
SODA SPRINGS    155.235       WNQE938       42 54 9.7 N     260 E 3RD S     AUG 18,
SCHOOL                                      112 25 29.9 W   SODA SPRINGS    2004
NORTH GEM       155.16        WNQE939       42 43 9.7 N     111 E 2ND S     JUL 15,
SCHOOL                                      111 53 6.8 W    BANCROFT        2004
SCHOOL          155.22        WQN908        42 33 55.7 N    704 S MAIN      OCT 06,
DISTRICT 148                                111 44 0.8 W    GRACE           2005
CARIBOU         155.28        WPWZ962       39 18 18.7 N    300 S 3RD W     FEB 19,   JOHN HOOPES
MEMORIAL        155.34                      111 36 10.8 W                   2003
CARIBOU,        154.55        WXF880        42 39 11.7 N    300 S 3RD W     APR 25,   JOHN HOOPES
COUNTY OF                                   111 36 38.8 W   SODA SPRINGS    2003
BANCROFT        154.415       WPXT284       42 33 11.1 N    23 SOUTH        JUN 05,   FIRE DEPT -
CITY OF                                     111 53 7.1 W    MAIN            2003      JOELL
                                                            BANCROFT                  THOMPSON
GRACE, CITY     153.74        WQCI419       42 34 36.6 N    108 E CENTER    MAR 10,
OF                                          111 43 42.7 W   ST GRACE        2005

Intergovernmental Agreements
Briefly describe the formal and/or informal communications arrangements that presently exist
within the planning area. Examples: memoranda of understanding, mutual aid agreements,
historical perspective or practice, contract, etc.

Caribou County has Memoranda of Understanding with the Bureau of Land Management
and the Forest Service for fire suppression and communications.

Status of Interoperability in County
       a) Describe radio communications systems presently in operation within the service area.

          i)   Frequencies used and band of operation.
               See Table Below

          ii) Coverage and reliability (effectiveness).

          iii) Redundancy of systems.
                See Table Below

          iv) Existing user groups and the purpose of each group.
                See Table Below

          v) Language and code usage for each user (e.g. 12 code, 10 code or clear text).
               See Table Below

User Group             Frequency         Band of          Purpose of the   Language       Redundancy
                                        Operation            Group
CARIBOU,          155.22                VHF            CARIBOU CTY         CLEAR TEXT
COUNTY OF                                              SHERIFFS MOBILE
CARIBOU,          155.85                VHF            SHERIFF'S           CLEAR TEXT
COUNTY OF         158.73                               DEPARTMENT
CARIBOU,          453.575                              SHERIFF -           CLEAR TEXT
COUNTY OF                                              EMERGENCY
CARIBOU,          154.025               VHF            SHERIFF'S           CLEAR TEXT   VALLEY ALL CALL
COUNTY OF         155.46                               DEPARTMENT

CARIBOU,          154.07                VHF            FIRE OPERATIONS     CLEAR TEXT   ALL FIRE OPEATIONS
COUNTY OF                                                                               IN THE COUNTY USE
                                                                                        SAME FREQUENCY
CARIBOU,          453.25                UHF            SHERIFF             CLEAR TEXT
SODA              155.85                VHF            POLICE DEPT         CLEAR TEXT
SODA              453.325               UHF            POLICE DEPT         CLEAR TEXT
SODA              155.82                VHF            CITY OPERATION      CLEAR TEXT
SODA SPRINGS      153.83                VHF            FIRE OPERATIONS     CLEAR TEXT
SODA SPRINGS    155.235              VHF           SCHOOL             CLEAR TEXT
SCHOOL                                             OPERATIONS
NORTH GEM       155.16               VHF           SCHOOL             CLEAR TEXT
SCHOOL                                             OPERATIONS
SCHOOL          155.22               VHF           SCHOOL             CLEAR TEXT
DISTRICT 148                                       OPERATIONS
CARIBOU         155.28               VHF           HOSPITAL           CLEAR TEXT   STATE
MEMORIAL        155.34                             OPERATIONS                      COMMUNICATIONS
CARIBOU,        154.55               VHF           HOSPITAL           CLEAR TEXT
MEMORIAL                                           OPERATIONS
BANCROFT        154.415              VHF           CITY OPERATION     CLEAR TEXT
GRACE, CITY     153.74               VHF           CITY OPERATION     CLEAR TEXT

     b) Describe what the county has done or has planned to do toward implementation of the
        NIMS as requested by the Federal Department of Homeland Security. Include a
        description of the ICS portion of NIMS to be incorporated in the county communications

     Caribou County has formally adopted NIMS.

     •    The majority of all emergency services agencies within Caribou County are 100%
          compliant with required training i.e. NIMS 700 & ICS 100.
     •    The Caribou County Emergency Operations Plan and EOC Operations are
          compliant with NIMS ICS.
     •    All exercises have use of Incident Command/Unified Command as primary
          A Communications Unit Leader will be designated/assigned on all major events

     The final responsibility for all emergency management belongs to the senior elected
     official. The elected officials are responsible for all policy-level decisions. They are
     also required to be the approving agency for public information releases to the public.
     During response operations, the elected officials will be available to their constituents
     to handle non-routine problems.

     The Caribou County Coordinator of Emergency Services has responsibility for
     coordinating the entire emergency management program within the County and can
     make routine decisions within the limits of disaster authority. During emergency
     operations, the Coordinator should ensure that all parties are working in a concerted,
     integrated, and supportive effort to overcome the disaster. Specific organization or
     departments are responsible for fulfilling their obligations as presented in the basic
     plan. The Caribou County Emergency Management Concept of Operations consists

of an integrated, yet flexible/expandable, organization that is built upon the NIMS
Incident Command Structure.

   i)   Describe the daily use of channels for responses to incidents.
            Each entity identified in the plan uses radio communications as described
            the tables above. There is no radio plan specifically for incident response.
            During a major event all law enforcement would use the State of Idaho car
            to car, 465.275, or Valley All Call, 465.025, frequencies. These
            frequencies are also in the Dispatch Centers in Caribou, Bear Lake, and
            Franklin Counties.
            All Fire Departments in Caribou County use the same radio frequency,
            154.07, for response.
            Caribou County Sheriff’s Office has access to Bear Lake, Franklin,
            Bannock, and Bonneville County’s Sheriff’s Offices frequencies.
            Caribou County Fire has communications capability with Franklin Fire
            District and the Bear Lake County Fire District.
            Caribou County has the capability to talk to Bannock County through the
            700 mHz system repeater located at Sedgwick Peak.

   ii) Describe how current and planned channels will be implemented in the ICS system
       for major events.

Each entity identified in the plan uses radio communications as described the tables
above. All Fire Departments in the County use the same radio frequency. The Fire
Department Portable Radios all have the fire frequency as channel 1, the sheriff’s
frequency as channel 2, and Search and Rescue frequency as channel 3. There is no
other formal programming or radio plan specifically for incident response.

c) Interoperability within the county.
   i) Describe known interoperability gaps and challenges.

        There is no formal communications plan in Caribou County that ensures
        Caribou County does not have a Mobile Command Post.
        There is no radio communications between Lava Fire Department and Caribou
        County until the 700 mHz build out is complete.
        There is no radio communication capability between Public Health and
        County Emergency Services. There is no redundancy for communications
        within the County. All redundancies rely on State Communications and
        Valley All Call.

   ii) Identify actions in progress to address short- and long-term problems and provide
       associated timeline for completion.

        Caribou County will develop an ICS Communications Plan and include it in
        the Caribou County EOP ESF 2 Communications as an attachment. A copy of
        the Plan will also be placed in each emergency response vehicle.

        Caribou County is actively seeking funding to develop a completely
        interoperable 700 mHz Trunked Radio System.
            Define Requirements for a Caribou County Shared Radio 700 mHz
            system. Include requirements to link to Caribou and Bannock County
            through the Southeastern Idaho 700 mHz build out.
            Engineer a solution based on defined requirements including equipment
            needed, frequency license requirements, repeater location agreements, etc.
            Develop a system cost estimate
            Seek Funding to implement

    iii) Identify gaps and challenges that cannot be addressed at this time.

        There is no communications with ISP and ITD. This problem will be
        compounded by switching to 700 mHz.

    iv) Identify or describe plans to conduct, or results of, any emergency management
        training exercises that test communications within the county.

        Emergency Communications Exercise/Drills are conducted annually by the
        Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

    v) Identify existing communications plans, if any, of system users including on-going
       plans to develop the communications infrastructure.

        There are currently no formal existing communications plans for Caribou

        Caribou County is seeking to develop a shared radio system based on 700
        mHz trunked standards that is P25 compliant. Bannock County and Bingham
        County have analogous radio systems. Bear Lake County is also seeking a
        similar system. All of these independent radio systems will be interfaced to a
        State of Idaho “Master Switch” situated in Meridian, ID. This switch will
        allow true interoperability for these counties and provide a starting place for
        all counties in the State of Idaho.

d) Interoperability outside the county
   i) Identify how the county and planning partners will improve interoperability with
       neighboring counties within the state and, if applicable, with neighboring counties in
       Border States.

        Caribou County is seeking to develop a shared radio system based on 700
        mHz trunked standards that is P25 compliant. Bannock County and Bingham
        County have analogous radio systems. Bear Lake County is also seeking a
        similar system. All of these independent radio systems will be interfaced to a
        State of Idaho “Master Switch” situated in Meridian, ID. This switch will
        allow true interoperability for these counties and provide a starting place for
        all counties in the State of Idaho.

        Caribou County will interface to the surrounding counties that do not wish to
        utilize the 700 mHz radio system or interface to the State’s Master Switch
        through the various means available. Currently, Caribou County uses the
        State of Idaho’s car to car channel for mutual aid with surrounding counties.
       These systems will need to be maintained as Franklin County does not
       currently plan to change to 700 mHz.

       Caribou County will also investigate the use of cross band repeaters, console
       patches and gateway devices for interoperable communications to those
       agencies outside the County that do not wish to attach to the Master Switch or
       need time to attach to the Master Switch. Until that time happens, Franklin
       County will maintain a limited number of UHF and VHF channels for
       interoperable communications. All agencies will need to be either switch over
       to the Master Switch and/or have narrow banded radio systems by 2013. The
       narrow banded systems need to be digital radio systems. The digital system
       can be interfaced to the Master Switch thereby creating an interoperable radio

   ii) Identify what the county and planning partners are doing to improve interoperability
       with state public safety entities.

       Caribou County is seeking to install a standards based, shared radio system.
       The radio system is a 700 MHz trunked radio system. The Master Switch for
       this system is located at the Idaho State Police Headquarters in Meridian,
       Idaho. Once the State has interfaced to the switch, Caribou County public
       safety agencies and the state public safety entities will be connected. Caribou
       County will be limited outside of the county’s boundaries until the radio
       infrastructure is built out, but with in the county interoperability will be
       achieved. See Appendix B for proposed Caribou County Talk Groups.

e) Short-term interoperability
   i) Describe what the county and planning partners have done or have planned to
      implement the Federal Communications Commission’s newly established nationwide
      interoperability channels.

       Currently there are no agencies within Caribou County who have licensed and
       switch to narrow band. Caribou is seeking to develop a shared 700 mHz
       Radio system. If this project is successful the need to re-license to narrow
       band will not be applicable.

   ii) Describe plans, if any, and processes to transition to narrow band and digital
       operations, consistent with FCC Project 25 Standards.

       All radios purchased using Department of Homeland Security Funds have
       been P25 compliant. Caribou County is seeking to develop a shared radio
       system based on 700 mHz trunked standards that is P25 compliant.

Appendix A


State of Idaho Digital Communications Facilities


    Appendix B
  Caribou County
700 mHz Talk Groups





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