California Region Conducts Multijurisdictional Interoperability Exercise (10/28/11)
Friday, October 28, 2011 | Comments

RCC Consultants and the CalSIEC Central Planning Area (CPA) conducted a tabletop exercise in Clovis, Calif., focusing on interoperable communications and incident management to validate emergency response plans and protocols for a simulated disaster.

The October 13 exercise helped advance proficiency and expediency in establishing command, control and communications for multijurisdictional, multidisciplinary incidents. More than 100 participants from law, fire, EMS, emergency management, education and healthcare participated from the seven-county region of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare counties.

Using Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant funding from the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program and the Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program, the CPA and RCC committed to a multiyear effort to integrate interoperability with incident management.

A tabletop exercise is a discussion-based simulation of a hypothetical, but realistic, emergency scenario used to assess plans, policies and procedures or to assess the systems needed to guide the prevention of, response to and recovery from a defined incident operating under the principles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The exercises are compliant with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).

The CPA and RCC will conduct a series of three functional exercises in November to further advance and implement these capabilities.

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