Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan Revision
On July 21, 2015 leaders in Vermont Public Safety Communications convened in Waterbury at the Department of Public Safety Headquarter to update the Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP). The SCIP is a stakeholder-driven, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-disciplinary statewide strategic plan to enhance interoperable and emergency communications. The SCIP is a critical mid-range (three to five years) strategic planning tool to help Vermont prioritize resources, strengthen governance, identify future investments, and address interoperability gaps. The two day meeting focused identifying interoperability priorities, goal setting and initiatives to strengthen Vermont’s public safety communications. Nationally, every state and territory has a SCIP in place.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications provided the onsite Technical Assistance to help with the planning meeting. Jessica Stolz, VT Homeland Security Section Chief and Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) was critical in advising Vermont’s stakeholders about the importance of the plan and is charged with facilitating Vermont stakeholders to help meet the goals set forth in the plan. Captain Donald Patch of the Vermont State Police, Mike Leyden of the Vermont Department of Health, Al Barber of Hinesburg Fire Department, Doug Johnston of the Springfield Police Department, Tess Gauthier, State and Local Implementation Grant Project Manager at DPS, Terry LaValley Communications Program Manager at DPS, and several members of the National Guard were present for the planning workshop.
At present, the document is being drafted to include all of Vermont’s feedback and will receive further review and input from both the Vermont Communications Board (VCOMM) and the Vermont Public Safety Broadband Commission (PSBC).