Interoperable Communications: Laying the Foundation for Cooperation

By Eddie Reyes

Emergencies don't recognize boundaries and when a crisis hits, agencies from all points on the compass come to the call for mutual aid. While some municipalities work very closely with their neighbors in the process of preparation and training (multi-agency drills, emergency preparedness plans, etc.), that collaboration sometimes is not as evident in the procurement of the technologies and equipment first responders have in hand when the call comes in. How can agencies use their technology to best collaborate? How can agencies work together to build a solid infrastructure on which their technologies can operate and through which all agencies can communicate?

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