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SCIP Monthly Update February 2009


February 18, 2009


State Interoperability Communications Coordinator

MEMA has completed the interviews for the position. We hope to have an announcement by the next newsletter.


During the latter part of January and first part of February, MEMA received over 130 requests from communities for the additional P25 radio packages. As you may remember from last month’s newsletter, MEMA had included in our Investment Justifications to provide radio equipment to communities that were NIMS compliant and did not receive any other PSIC funds for communications equipment. Through this initiative 115 additional communities will now have appropriate radio technology to enhance interoperability within their region. All County EMA offices have been notified of the recipients.

Maine Interoperable Communications Committee (MICC)

On February 3, 2009 The Maine Interoperable Communications Committee participated in a day long workshop, facilitated by the Office of Emergency Communications. The workshop assisted Maine in better understanding of the national best practices for a governance structure. Many MICC members were able to attend and included a great deal of conversation. We anticipate a follow up meeting later in 2009.

Request for information

In May, Ginnie will be attending a meeting in New York with other coordinators to discuss Northern Border communications issues. If you have information or issues that would be helpful, please email your comments to


Have you seen the new visor cards that were created based on the ICS form 205? If so, we would like your feedback. Any edits needed? Changes to the format? Useful? Other forms that would work well in this format?


MEMA will be hosting a Training Committee meeting in February to discuss future training opportunities.

We are finalizing plans for COML training and SOP development for 2009. We are also looking at other “aids” that might be useful either in training or on scene command.

County Communications Tour

As follow up to the March 2008 County Communications tour, MEMA staff will again visit each County EMA office to participate in discussions with local first responders, communications staff, communications boards, etc to provide updated information regarding Interoperable Communications across the State of Maine. The intent is to provide a clearer picture of what has been accomplished in the last year, statewide initiatives that impact communications, determine what local responders still feel are areas that need to be addressed to enhance operability or interoperability.

March 2

Kennebec County 10:30 am

March 3

Piscataquis County 9:30 am

March 4

Cumberland County 9 am

York County 12:30 pm

March 6

Penobscot County 11:00 am

March 10

Sagadahoc County 8:30 am

Lincoln County 11:30am

Knox County 5:30 pm

March 11

Waldo County 8:30 am

Hancock County 12:00 pm

Washington County 4:00 pm

March 12

Aroostook County 10:30 am

March 13

Franklin County 9:00 am

Oxford County 1:00 pm

March 19

Somerset County 9:00 am

Other news from our partners………

OIT Awards Maine State Communications Network (MSCommNet) to Tyco M/A-COM Inc.

On August 21, 2008 the Office of Information Technology for the State of Maine issued a Request for Proposal to “engage a single contractor to design, supply, install, test, and commission a statewide, narrowband digital-voice public safety VHF land mobile radio system, the associated interconnection system and site development/upgrades”. The new system will replace the State’s current, aged, agency based radio infrastructures with a new, consolidated MSCommNet system that will serve the State’s public safety and public service needs and provide for interoperability with our federal and local partners. On November 20, 2008 the State received Proposals from: i) Globecomm Systems Inc., ii) Tyco Electronics, M/A-COM Inc., and iii) Motorola Inc. These proposals were evaluated by an Evaluation Team with representatives from the Department of Public Safety, the Maine Department of Transportation and the Office of Information Technology, in accordance with the scoring process specified in the RFP.

The proposal submitted by Tyco Electronics, M/A-COM was deemed to be the best proposal based on the scoring/evaluation process and on January 27th announced the contract award, subject to successful negotiation of the contract.

If you have any questions please call Shawn Romanoski at 624 9410 or Rachel Garippa at 624 9875.


How are you spending your PSIC grant money? Send us a story to share.

Future issues- We would like to include specific information on an interoperability issue-do you have areas of interest?



Ginnie Ricker


Last update: 07/20/10