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SCIP Monthly Update April 2010


April 16, 2010


State of Maine communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP)

Fiscal Year 2010 SCIP Implementatin Workshop

On March 23rd, 2010 Maine held their Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP) implementation workshop. I would like to thank those that participated in this vital workshop which will point Maine in the direction of interoperability, your time and dedication is very much appreciated.


Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans (SCIPs) are locally-driven, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-disciplinary statewide plans to enhance emergency communications interoperability. Every State has an approved SCIP and a process to regularly update the SCIP as progress is made and new initiatives emerge. The SCIPs were analyzed and incorporated into the development of the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) and Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP) grant guidance. States have begun to revise the SCIPs to align with the NECP goals and milestones to promote a coordinated nationwide strategy to address operable and interoperable communications.

  • To engage Maine's practitioner-driven governance participants in continued implementation of key SCIP initiatives and discussion of future priorities.


  • Shared understanding of Maine's current progress against SCIP initiatives
  • An updated and refined SCIP
  • Shared understanding of the Office of Emergency Communication’s (OEC) mission and the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) goals and their impact on Maine’s interoperability effort

    Emergency communications interoperability refers to the ability of emergency responders—police officers, fire personnel, and emergency medical services—to share vital voice and data information across disciplines and jurisdictions to respond to day-to-day incidents and large-scale emergencies. State refers to States and territories.

For each SCIP workshop, stakeholders from different disciplines and levels of government gather to address the State’s most pressing interoperability challenges within the scope of four service offerings: SCIP Initiative Planning, Statewide Strategic Planning/ SCIP Update, Statewide Interoperability Education and Outreach, and Governance for SCIP Implementation. These service offerings enable each State to advance their identified priorities.


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The Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency took delivery of a new Alumna 100ft mobile tower recently. This tower was purchased through a Homeland Security Grant and will assist in being prepared for a catastrophic communications breakdown. This tower will be equipped with a 100 watt radio, and a HAM radio. Once on site, it can be ready for operation in about 20 minutes. This tower is light and easy to move around, and has a quick and easy set up. This tower can be available statewide in the event of an emergency. See this tower on display at the Maine Preparedness Conference!

More Narrowbanding Information...

Radio licensees are required to convert their current wideband voice or data radio systems to narrowband operation no later than January 1, 2013.

All FCC Part 90 VHF (150-174 MHz) and UHF (421-512 MHz) Private Land Mobile Radio licensees are required to convert their current wideband voice or data radio systems to narrowband operation no later than January 1, 2013.

Typical Part 90 VHF & UHF radio system licensees would include:

  • Many Small & Large Private Business Enterprises
  • Industrial Plants, Manufacturing & Warehousing Facilities
  • Electric, Gas, Energy & Water/Wastewater Utilities
  • Mining & Natural Resource Exploration Companies
  • Transportation, Railroad, Subway, Taxi, Bus & Delivery Services
  • Airport Tarmacs, Facilities & Security Operations
  • Marine Terminals, Ports, Shipping & Logistic Operations
  • Automobile Towing & Heavy Recovery Companies
  • Garbage, Refuse, Recycling & Disposal Services
  • Farming, Ranching, Agricultural & Nursery Services
  • Construction & On-Site Facilities Maintenance Services
  • School Districts, Universities & Colleges
  • Convention Centers, Hotels & Hospitality Services
  • Coliseums, Arenas & Sports Stadiums
  • Hospitals, Ambulance & EMS Providers
  • Local Municipal Government & Public Works Agencies
  • Public Safety, Disaster Response & Emergency Management Agencies
  • City, County & State Government Agencies
  • Wireless Data, SCADA, Telemetry & Private Radio Paging Networks

Note on Narrowbanding Equipment

In regards to narrowbanding equipment needs; all entities will need to validate the make, model, and year manufactured of your radios to determine if it is required to be replaced. Local entities will also need to include these replacements in their budget.

2nd Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference - 2010

There are sixty four (64) break – out sessions scheduled for the conference, there will also be a representative from the FCC to discuss narrowbanding.

Some Communications related Break - out session include:

  • Radios, narrowbanding & where do we go from here

  • Emergency Communications, made simple

  • The New State public safety radio network: how we will continue to talk?

  • What the heck just happened to us? Crisis communication for business

  • Homeland Security grants 101

  • Using social media (or not)

The conference will be held on April 29 & 30 at the Augusta Civic Center. For more information or to register access

Cross Border Workshop

On behalf of the Maine Emergency Management Agency I would like to thank the folks that participated in the Cross Border Workshop at Bangor Police Department on March, 31st. Maintaining security and safety along the Maine and Canada border is a shared challenge faced by public safety agencies in both the United States and Canada. Every day, countless U.S. and Canadian personnel perform emergency management, law enforcement, border protection, and customs enforcement activities along and across the Maine-Canada border, and must coordinate with each other to achieve mutual objectives. Therefore the ability of Maine and Canadian personnel to exchange voice and data communications in real – time and across disciplines and jurisdictions in an effective and timely manner is critical to the mission of public safety agencies that operate along the border. Interoperability is a challenge to all emergency response agencies, but such efforts take on an added complexity in border regions, where regulatory, legal, and policy differences compound tactical hurdles. Overcoming interoperable communications challenges to joint operations require ongoing coordination to identify capability gaps and collaborate solutions. By bringing together a group we identified problems, concerns regarding spectrum regulation coordination, administrative solutions, operational solutions, and interoperability issues. Thanks for your time and dedication.

SOP Project

MEMA’s SOP All Hazard’s Communication Plan for the Counties is winding down. 15 Counties have completed the SOP Workshop. Five (5) County plans have been completed and accepted, two (2) are in Draft status and sent. I would also like to remind the County Emergency Management Directors that once you receive your first draft, please take a look at it and make sure that there are no issues before sending it back for final revision. Upon final revision I will then send it back to the EMA Director for approval and then key stakeholder approval.

Maine State Communications Network (MSCommNet) Interoperability Demonstration

Harris will demonstrate the following capabilities…

  • interoperability between the new MSCommNet radios and typical existing radios used by Maine county and municipal public safety partners

  • conventional system interoperability via existing analog conventional channels operating in narrowband modes

  • scanning of conventional channels by MSCommNet user equipment as an interoperability aid

There will be an afternoon session (1:00 – 3:00) that is tailored for a technical – user audience. Those being invited to the afternoon session include attendees that have previously participated in our outreach sessions or have otherwise expressed interest in the MSCommNet project. You are welcome to attend the afternoon sessions.

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 1-3 pm The Hill Mansion 136 State Street Augusta, Maine 04333 RSVP by April 29th to Tom (207) 446-4583

MSCommNet is the Maine State Communications Network project. The State is developing and commissioning a unified statewide land mobile radio network for State law enforcement, public safety, and public service agencies.

The new system will utilize significant portions of the State's existing communications infrastructure with a modern technical foundation that addresses current and future technical needs and business requirements. For more information about MSCommNet, see

Currently there is only one formally recognized COML in the State of Maine with two that have submitted prerequisites to be considered. If you have completed the COML course please complete your task book and have your application signed off by your respective County EMA Director. If you need a COML Recognition and Guidance Packet please contact me. Have you received the Maine’s Communication Unit Leader and Resource Package DVD? This DVD is used as a tool to better educate communication professionals. If you would like to have a copy, please contact me…

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Steven Mallory


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