Interoperable Communications Committee
The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating all phases of homeland security and emergency management in the State of Alaska.
To provide a statewide sustainable interoperable communications infrastructure to support community (multi-jurisdictional) response(s) to all-hazard and terrorist related incidents that will be accomplished by overseeing the implementation of the Alaska Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP).
The Committee shall:
1. Coordinate the integration of the SCIP with the State Emergency Response Plan, local plans and with existing public safety communication efforts including the Alaska Land Mobile Radio Executive and Users Council, The Alaska Region 2, 700 MHz Regional Planning Committee, and the standing committees of the State Emergency Response Commission.
2. Oversee the implementation and maintenance of the SCIP to include the development and tracking of performance measures and metrics associated with the goals, objectives, and strategic initiatives outlined in the plan.
3. Ensure SCIP synchronization with all State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) responsibilities in statewide training, exercises and all-hazards planning.
4. Coordinate development, implementation and completion of a statewide communications assessment that will identify and populate interoperable communications strategic reserve components and define gaps in Alaska’s ability to provide catastrophic disaster response communications.
5. Through various grant programs, oversee the acquisition and deployment of operable and interoperable communications technology to remote, un-served, and underserved communities in Alaska.
6. Determine and make recommendations on long-term funding strategies for the sustainment of interoperable communications systems and services.
7. Advise State of Alaska granting agencies on appropriate technology standards for interoperable communications grant investments.
8. Promote the adoption of formalized mutual aid, interstate and international communications agreements and policies.
The Interoperable Communications Committee is representative of the diverse public safety agencies and groups throughout Alaska. It consists of one representative each from the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Department of Public Safety, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation, and Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Statewide public safety representation consists of one representative from the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police (vacant), Alaska Fire Chiefs Association, Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services, the Alaska Land Mobile Radio Users Council, and the Municipality of Anchorage. There are two representatives from the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Association representing both Urban and Rural areas.
Major Matthew Leveque (Co-Chair)
Bryan Fisher (Co-Chair)
Alaska Council on Emergency Services
Chief Chris Bushue