Interoperability Skills Briefing, Exercise & Debrief-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Interoperability Skills Briefing, Exercise & Debrief

Monday May 23, 1:00 (Bldg 20, Vincente), 1:30 (Bldg 23, vehicle lot), 2:30 pm (Bldg 23, vehicle lot)

Jim Aspinwall, Coastal Region/MAR 2 ACS Officer, Deputy State RACES Officer, California Emergency Management Agency

Interoperability Skills
Many agencies have made investments in a variety of quite versatile mobile communications facilities customized to their specific and anticipated needs. Commensurate with these investments, it is critical for these resources and the communications professionals who operate them to be able to accomplish complex incident communications plans under any conditions. While the personnel from one agency may be quite familiar with their equipment, they may be called upon to support the equipment of other agencies through mutual aid or in a shared responsibility incident. Teams from different agencies will be tasked to execute a communications plan with another agency's equipment. The take-away will be a review and source material for best practices in system engineering, labeling, documentation, and operation.

Interoperability Exercise
Today's mobile communications resources carry myriad radios and antennas, installed and operated in close proximity to each other. Both physical and spectrum proximity challenge and undermine the implementation and performance of ad-hoc communications systems. Being aware of equipment limitations and best practices to mitigate communications problems before arriving on-scene help ensure mission expedience, safety and success. From selecting good equipment, using easily implemented antenna spacing and RF filtering techniques, participants will learn the basics from professionals with decades of experience designing, installing and using exemplary mobile systems.

About the Speaker: Jim is responsible for the Cal EMA Coastal Region Auxiliary Communications Service, comprised of professional and amateur radio communications members supporting the region's 16 counties' public safety and RACES communications needs for disasters and special events. Serving Cal EMA for six-years, he one of the State's many unpaid professionals in this capacity, FCC licensed in commercial and amateur services for over 30 years, a former volunteer firefighter in Texas, with response experience in Hurricane Alicia, the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, Cosco Buson oil spill and the Indians Fire complex. His technical career spans medical, scientific, forensic, research, communications and information technology.