Portland Region Contracts GeoComm for Communications Study (9/26/12)
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Comments

The city of Portland and the Portland Dispatch Center Consortium (PDCC) in Oregon initiated a project with GeoComm Consulting Services to work on the Portland area’s “Interoperable Communications Strategic Plans Update and Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Feasibility Study Project.”

The PDCC will receive assistance from GeoComm to update the region’s interoperable communications strategic plan (ICSP), developing regional standard operating procedures (SOPs), and determining the feasibility of leveraging technologies through PSAP co-location/consolidation. The study is fully funded through a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) fiscal year 2011 grant.

The PDCC stakeholder group includes Clackamas County Department of Communications (CCOM), Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA), Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District (C911CD), Lake Oswego Communications (LOCOM), Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC), Port of Portland Airport Communications Center (ACC) and Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA).

"Numerous stakeholders in the region, from political heads to line personnel, are eager for the outcome of this important study,” said Bob Cozzie, project manager and director of the Clackamas County 9-1-1 Center. “We are pleased to be working with GeoComm and are looking forward to the project kickoff."

GeoComm will approach the project in phases that include project initiation, data collection, stakeholder interviews, ICSP development, regional SOP development, and regional technical and backup cooperation feasibility. The study will provide the foundation for 9-1-1 and interoperability planning and improvements and support the city's climate action plan and related sustainability policies and goals.

The project will officially commence during the first week of October with a series of meetings and workshops. The ICSP will be complete by the end of the year and the entire project will conclude within a year.

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