Two-Thirds of First Responders Have Interoperable Communications
A report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicates that about two-thirds of the nation’s first responders can talk to at least some of their colleagues in other agencies.
The report focused on more than 6,800 law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical agencies, showing that at all levels of the government interoperability varies, the DHS said on December 8, 2006.
Overall, the report revealed that first responders are moderately successful in coordinating equipment with technology, but need more assistance in establishing standardized usage procedures and exercises for use across agencies.
In addition, the report indicated that local agencies have achieved more interoperable capabilities compared to states.
DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff estimates that all first responders will be able to speak to each other through interoperable communications by the end of 2008.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from the Federal Times (12/08/06); Losey, Stephen.