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Radio Interoperability Best Practices Working Group
The Radio Interoperability Best Practices Working Group Overview Report and the first three Best Practice Statements were approved by the NPSTC Governing Board on January 24, 2017.  The remaining Best Practice Statements will be published as they are completed.
Several major incidents in the U.S., including the death of 19 wildland firefighters in the State of Arizona, and the Washington D.C. area Navy Yard shooting have focused attention on the need for best practices involving radio programming, interoperability and training.  In June of 2014, the NPSTC Governing Board approved the creation of the NPSTC Radio Interoperability Best Practices Working Group which will focus on programming guidelines, verification, testing and training.
Unlike most of the NPSTC working groups, it is not developing a minimum standard or set of requirements, but instead concentrating on creating a set of optimal practices, also known as "the Gold Standard" for each area.  It is recognized that many agencies have difficulty achieving this level due to financial, political and policy restrictions.  However, the report will help public safety agencies make incremental improvements in their operations while enhancing the safety of first responders.
The Radio Interoperability Best Practices Working Group anticipates adding statements to the project as these original statements have been addressed and is actively looking for interested participants and presents an opportunity for involvement from both the operational and technical viewpoints.  Click on the "Connect with NPSTC" button on the right to join in this important endeavor.
Group Work
Recent Activities and Accomplishments
January 31, 2018
Completed Work
Completed Best Practices
BP #1 – Nationwide Interoperability Channel Naming and Usage
BP #2 – Interoperability Systems Change Management Practices
BP #3 – Training and Proficiency in the Management and Usage of Interoperability Equipment and Systems
BP #4 – Interoperability Relationships
BP #5 – Infrastructure Management
BP #6 – Channel Assignment Based on Infrastructure Coverage
BP #7 – Interoperability Resources – After Action Reviews
BP #8 – Radio Device Management
BP #9 – Deployment for Interoperability Resources
BP #10 – Communications Span of Control
BP #11 – Managing Encryption for Interoperability Resources
BP #12 – Radio Channel Assignment and Use Within High Risk Incident Environments
BP #13 – Interoperability Resource Information Storage and Access
Radio I/O Best Practices
BP Reference Documents
Completed Radio IO BP Reports