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About SIEC


"The Oregon Public Safety Community is Working to Improve Wireless Communications" 
Saving lives and protecting the public during a disaster, or during any day 
of the year, depends upon reliable communication systems that allow public 
safety officers and other emergency officials to talk to one another. Not only 
does new digital communication technology offer us the ability to protect lives, 
over the long-term it can reduce - and help avoid - costs of operating public 
safety agencies. 

SIEC Goals 

  • Create a common understanding of communications interoperability throughout Oregon.
  • Adopt common language, coordinated protocols and related standards statewide. 
  • Integrate existing and future interoperable communications systems. 
  • Identify, develop and recommend standards for interoperable communications systems.


The priorities of the SIEC are clearly detailed in the governor’s executive order.  Under this executive direction the SIEC will be: 

  • Recommending strategies to improve Oregon’s wireless interoperability between public safety agencies communication systems.
  • Determining standards to ensure consistent development of existing and future wireless communications infrastructure.
  • Identifying immediate short-term technological and policy solutions that tie existing infrastructure together into an interoperable communication system.
  • Developing long-term technical and policy recommendations to establish a statewide public safety radio backbone to improve emergency response and day-to-day public safety operations.
  • Providing policy leadership in the development of legislation and state and local policies necessary to achieve wireless interoperability in Oregon.

There are many barriers to overcome, and investment decisions to make, before Oregon has a fully interoperable statewide communication system.  However, the work of the SIEC has already improved public safety communications, and the SIEC will continue to provide leadership and solutions that will improve communication systems interoperability.

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