Expansion of consortiums and regional partnership
New York State counties continue to expand their participation in regional partnerships and formalize their governance and operating procedures. Communication consortiums are not static, geographic boundaries of consortiums and participation are fluid and dependent on many factors, such as geographical locations, already developed agreements and associations and other factors.
Regional solutions for cross-jurisdictional communication are underway around New York State. Best practices and models among these jurisdictions can be incorporated within the strategic and tactical communications plans throughout the State. This is aimed at the single goal of achieving interoperable communications on a larger scale, and at the same time realizing expanded coverage for first responders.
Robert M. Barbato
About the Office of Interoperable & Emergency Communications
Created through Executive Law section 717, the Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications (OIEC) is the principal state agency for all interoperable and emergency communications issues and oversees and directs the development, coordination and implementation of policies, plans, standards, programs and services related to interoperable and emergency communications, including those related to land mobile radio communications.