California Interoperable Communications

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Interoperability is the ability for emergency responders to communicate among jurisdictions, disciplines, and levels of government, using a variety of frequency bands, as needed and as authorized.


While interoperability is easy to define, implementing radio interoperability statewide involves the cooperation and collaboration with agencies and groups throughout the entire State of California. We achieve this cooperation and collaboration through a number or key committees and individuals. Like gears in a motor, successful interoperability in California relies on the collaborative interaction between a number of agencies at all levels throughout the State.



​Interoperable Communications Planning


California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (CalSIEC) is tasked with managing the interoperability spectrum and developing governance on behalf of all California public safety emergency responders. The CalSIEC consists of the planning chair / co-chairs from each of the CalSIEC Planning areas. Each Planning area has established a governance structure for interoperable communications that is comprised of emergency responders and public safety agencies from all public safety responders in the operational areas to include state agencies.

​Northern Planning Area Committee (NPAC) – Weedy Hannibal, NPAC Co – Chair , Mike Grant, NPAC Co-Chair


 Capital-Bay Planning Area –George Lowry, CBPA Chair, Scott Andrews, CBPA Vice Chair


Central Planning Area – Rebecca Campbell, CPA Chair; Clay Smith, CPA Vice Chair; Joel Cobb, CPA Secretary


Southern Planning Area – Jeff Hebert, SPA Chair ; Elsa Santos, SPA Vice-Chair


Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC)

The SWIC is the central coordination point for interoperable emergency communications effort in the State of California. The current SWIC is Budge Currier: 
 Budge.Currier@CalOES.Ca.Gov  (916-657-9820)
Some of the SWIC responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement the NECP and SCIP
  • Program Management
  • Governance and Policy Development
  • Grants Coordination
  • Education and Outreach

SWICs formally serve as members of the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC), a national governance body established to assist State and territory interoperability coordinators with promoting the critical importance of interoperable communications and best practices within their States and nationally.

Interoperability Documents

The following documents are State and Federal guidelines for interoperable communications:

  • California Interoperability Field Operations Guide (CalIFOG)

National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG)

National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)

Interoperability Guidelines, Technical Assistance and Grant Guidance

The following links and documents are useful tools for planning and implementing interoperability communications.

Public Safety Tools Website:


US Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Communications:




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