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Interoperable Communications Planning


Oregon Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan  

What is the SCIP?

The Oregon Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan, or SCIP, serves as the reference and roadmap for stakeholders regarding public safety wireless voice and data interoperability in our state. It is a living document, and as such, reflects past progress, the timeliness of our strategic goals and initiatives, and projects future issues and needs critical to the delivery of public safety services.

The current SCIP​ was revised in August 2016.


SCIP Implementation

The SCIP Implementation Report provides an annual update on the state's progress in achieving the initiatives and strategic vision identified in the SCIP. 

The current SCIP Implementation Report was revised in October 2012.


Vision and mission for Oregon's interoperable and emergency communication

Vision And Mission | Improving emergency communications operability, interoperability, and continuity of communications statewide. 

Current Goals 

With each review of the SCIP, staff review the council's strategic goals and objectives. The following goals can be found in more detail in the August 2016 version of the Oregon SCIP. Governance

Goal  | Get clarity on the authority and jurisdiction of the SIEC and SWIC in light of house bills HC4031(2014) and HB3099(2015)

Goal | Maintain the SIEC as the public safety communications governing body

Goal | Review and update SIEC charter

Goal | Get clarity on the authority and jurisdiction of the SIEC and SWIC in light of house bills HC4031(2014) and HB3099(2015)

Goal | Coordinate with FirstNet to support the development Oregon’s portion of the NPSBN 

Goal | Define the governance issues affecting public safety communications and define and implement a plan to approach partners across the state with potential solutions 

Goal | Create consistent message around public safety communications governance across the state 

Goal | Establish a partnership between appropriate state agencies and the SIEC 

Standard operating procedures

Goal | Create an implement a process to oversee and maintain regional communications plans and related SOPs (e.g., TICP)

Goal | Broaden existing partnerships and establish new partnerships with additional stakeholders 


Goal | As new systems are integrated, ensure continued operability and improve interoperability

Goal | Define and adopt data standards

Goal | Adopt patching standards for trunked systems, consoles, RF systems

Goal | Develop guidance for system redundancy 


Goal | Establish an MOU with OEM on communications training partnership

Goal | In partnership with OEM participate in training and education activities to demonstrate the benefits of a robust interoperable communications network 

Goal | Working with appropriate state agencies, ensure an availability of specialists/trained personnel throughout the state 

Goal | Obtain communications after action reports and lessons learned for EMPG-supported exercises (e.g., Cascadia playbook exercises) and share the data through the SIEC 

Goal | Assist OEM in the refinement of collection of capability assessments and share that data through the SIEC 


Goal | Create partnerships to leverage existing capabilities and associated economies of scale

Goal | Identify and assist current and potential users of public safety interoperable systems

Goal | Identify current broadband applications in use by first responders for commercially-available technology

Goal | Conduct inventory of available assets to be leveraged 

Outreach and information sharing

Goal | Continuously identify, catalog and understand changing State and local communications needs and capabilities 

Goal | Educate State and local entities on the needs and capabilities of Oregon’s public safety communications systems to achieve stakeholder buy in and the ability to make informed decisions

Goal | Develop an outreach plan and message for elected officials on the need for funding of public safety communications 

Life cycle funding

Goal | Document a road map on how State and local public safety communication systems will be funded and sustained

Goal | Develop a consistent message around public safety communications across the state 

Goal | Promote awareness of cost of life cycle planning