NCSWIC Releases Roles and Responsibilities: Statewide Interoperability Coordinators Document


April O’Reilly, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

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The National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) has released the Roles and Responsibilities: Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (SWICs) handout, which illustrates the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator’s (SWIC) role in supporting and advocating for public safety communications. SWICs perform an integral role in ensuring their states have communications resources that emergency responders need and help facilitate responder communications during emergencies and planned and unplanned events. This handout provides an overview of SWICs’ responsibilities at both the state and national levels and illustrates their role in state, regional, and federal interoperability governance, planning, and coordination. The document highlights the SWICs’ multi-faceted program management, policy development, operational, technological, and education and outreach functions. It also emphasizes the importance of having a designated SWIC Office in each state to provide stable, ongoing support for the state’s critical operable and interoperable emergency communications capabilities. Designed to be an eye-catching handout, this resource is intended to be used by SWICs to help advocate for, explain, and support their role to decision-makers and audiences unfamiliar with the SWIC position.

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