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SAFECOM is a communications program of the Department of Homeland Security. Building upon successful partnerships, SAFECOM established the Executive Committee (EC) and the Emergency Response Council (ERC) ensuring that state and local stakeholders have a voice in the development of nationwide planning efforts and an opportunity to present input on user viewpoints, needs and resources.
FIRE TECHNOLOGY >>> By CHARLES WERNER The Success Of SAFECOM Federal Program Oversees Public Safety Communications Issues T his column provides a compre- issues to federal, state, local and tribal SAFECOM EC: hensive look at the makeup and emergency response agencies. OEC sup- • Provides strategic leadership and reviews the successes of the De- ports SAFECOM’s development of grant guidance to SAFECOM on emergency re- partment of Homeland Security SAFE- guidance, policy, tools, and templates, sponder user viewpoints and needs from COM Program. and provides direct assistance to federal, the perspective of practitioners and policy The SAFECOM Program was es- state, local and tribal practitioners. OIC makers at all levels of government. tablished in 2001 as a Presidential E- supports SAFECOM’s research, develop- • Communicates decisions, plans, and Government Initiative for the purpose ment, testing and evaluation, standards, results to relevant constituencies, practi- of providing key federal coordination to and tools, analysis, reports and guidelines. tioners, and subsets that are not directly promote and provide support to federal, OEC is an office within the National Pro- engaged. state, local and tribal emergency com- tection and Programs Directorate. OIC is • Defines and articulates the viewpoints munications responder agencies. SAFE- an office within the Science and Technol- and needs of the emergency response com- COM is a practitioner-driven emergency ogy Directorate. munity to inform the development of ma- response communications program of terials targeted at that community. the Department of Homeland Security • Builds relationships with the ERC to (DHS) Office of Emergency Communi- leverage their subject matter expertise as a cations (OEC) and Office for Interoper- broader pool of resources. ability and Compatibility (OIC). The SAFECOM ERC was developed to By collaborating with practitioners serve as a vehicle to provide a broad base of and policy-makers, SAFECOM works state and local emergency response com- to improve multi-jurisdictional and SAFECOM Approach munity input on emergency responder inter-governmental coordination to SAFECOM is a communications pro- user viewpoints and needs to SAFECOM. ensure that effective and fully coordi- gram of the Department of Homeland The collective input from members of the nated preparedness and response plan- Security. Building upon successful part- ERC helps federal partners recognize bar- ning is established. SAFECOM also nerships, SAFECOM established the Exec- riers, understand end-user requirements works to build partnerships among all utive Committee (EC) and the Emergency and forge agreements on key initiatives. levels of government, linking the stra- Response Council (ERC) ensuring that Serving as a “product research develop- tegic planning and implementation state and local stakeholders have a voice in ment group” for nationwide capabilities, needs of the emergency response com- the development of nationwide planning ERC members are often organized into munity with federal, state, local and efforts and an opportunity to present input working groups to achieve outcomes and tribal governments. on user viewpoints, needs and resources. solve problems tied to research and de- To achieve a shared vision, advance co- velopment, grant-funding requirements, OEC and OIC Coordination: ordination, and define long-term goals capability assessments, and best practices Guidance and Tools within the emergency communications guidelines for the Nation to use in their SAFECOM provides research, community, SAFECOM recognizes that planning and investment decisions. development, testing and evaluation, the development of sustainable solutions guidance, tools, and templates on in- requires a focus on emergency response Collaborative Outcomes teroperable communications-related practitioner user viewpoints, needs and re- A small sampling of the SAFECOM quirements as well as the greater needs of EC/ERC collective successes to lead teams the emergency response community. and forge partnerships, set visions, devel- CHARLES WERNER, a Firehouse® con
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