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(1 of 2)I know nothing about Iowa's
system, these comments are about interoperable comm systems generally:
The challenge is not the physical
ability to talk to each other (that is merely a prerequisite for interoperable
comms). The challenge is having the plans, training, doctrine, and culture
in place to allow agencies to work together seamlessly. In an emergency,
what channels do they go to? Do people know how to get to them? Have
differences in terminology been deconflicted? Is the policy and culture
in place to allow this to happen?
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.emergencymgmt.com/safety/Iowa-Responders-New-Joint-Radio-System.html
(2 of 2)
I have seen agencies working emergency
operations stay on their own channels (that were literally one click apart on
the selector knob) because the training and culture was not in place to allow
and EXPECT responders to go to a common channel. I have seen ops where
there were three common channels the agencies could have used, but the
responders and supervisors didn't know they were there, how to get to them, and
they thought 'someone' needed to give them permission to move off to the
interoperability talkgroups. When a radio has 128 talkgroups, there's a
lot more training (and recurrent training) that has to be done to ensure
responders understand the purpose of, can find, and will use the
interoperability channels when the time comes.
I have seen problems where no one
thought to put the common talkgroups on a recording system, so LE
agencies were reluctant to use them as they were not recorded. Or where
interop talkgroups could not be pulled on a dispatch console, so they were of
limited utility in an emergency that required a dispatcher on the
The physical ability to talk radio to
radio is just the starting line to true interoperability. There's a lot
more that has to be thought about and put into place.
1 - I take two Aleve tablets when I get to the airport (airplane seats cause me pain). It handles all the aches and pains.
2 - Sleep. Air travel is the most uncomfortable thing I do. For long flights, a pillow and drinks (or a sleep aid) act like a time machine.
3 - This may sound silly, but I take a Kindle and an iPad. Reading and watching movies on the iPad seems to get repetitive. Changing devices to read books breaks things up (and lets you take a different position in the seat).
4 - Earplugs. Get some custom molded earplugs and put them in, they block 99% of the noise (including crying kids). If you have a noise cancelling headset, throw them on over the earplugs and you'd think you're home lying in bed in the middle of the night.
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So let's reward the inflexible, moribund system by killing the dynamic, high performance alternative. That'll solve the problem.
10 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.governing.com/blogs/view/gov-do-charter-schools-hurt-public-school-finances-.html