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About SWIC

Statewide Interoperability Coordinator Roles and Responsibilities

Coordinating Statewide Emergency Communications

Based on recommendations from the public safety community, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), included an objective in the National Emergency Communication Plan (NECP) requesting each state and territory to identify a central coordination point for interoperable emergency communications efforts. With full-time resources dedicated to coordinating statewide emergency communications, most States have chosen a Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) to fill this role.

Interoperability is the ability for emergency responders to communicate among jurisdictions, disciplines, and levels of government, using a variety of frequency bands as needed and as authorized. Emergency responders often find it difficult to communicate with their own agencies, let alone with agencies in neighboring states, counties, or cities. Thus, the SWIC is essential in promoting and advancing interoperability statewide by fulfilling roles enumerated below.

The Various Roles of the SWIC

  • SWICs assist with the implementation of the NECP and Statewide Communication Interoperability Plans (SCIPs).

  • SWICs also assist with establishing a Statewide Interoperability Governing Body (SIGB), or other formalized, statewide governance systems.

  • SWICs serve as members of the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC), a national governance body established to assist state and territory interoperability coordinators with promoting the critical importance of interoperable communications and best practices within their states and nationally.

  • SWIC contributes to the development of standard operating procedures; voice and data technologies; training, exercises, and outreach and education materials; and federal emergency communications policies, plans, and services. This coordinated effort greatly enhances response capabilities by developing collaborative interoperable communications strategies at all levels of government.

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