The Success of SAFECOM

This column provides a comprehensive look at the makeup and reviews the successes of the Department of Homeland Security SAFECOM Program.


This column provides a comprehensive look at the makeup and reviews the successes of the Department of Homeland Security SAFECOM Program. The SAFECOM Program was established in 2001 as a Presidential E-Government Initiative for the purpose of providing key federal coordination to promote and...


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SAFECOM Recommended Guidance for Federal Grant Programs.

  • The SAFECOM Recommended Guidance for Federal Grant Programs was developed beginning in 2003 to better coordinate the way in which federal grant dollars for interoperable communications are allocated and spent.
  • The EC/ERC provided input to the 2009 fiscal year SAFECOM Recommended Guidance for Federal Grant Programs.
  • OEC developed the fiscal year 2009 guidance to ensure alignment of state, local and tribal investment of federal grant funding to statewide and national goals and objectives; and support and facilitate consistent and measurable progress in strengthening emergency communications capabilities.

Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program (IECGP).

  • The purpose of the IECGP is to help states, territories, local units of government and tribal communities implement interoperability initiatives that align to achieving the goals and milestones of the NECP and SCIPs.
  • EC/ERC provided input to the fiscal year 2009 IECGP in the fall of 2008.
  • The input provided to OEC is critical to help understand state and local budget conditions and ensure that state and local priorities across all facets of the Interoperability Continuum are addressed.

CHARLES WERNER, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a 34-year veteran of the fire service and serves as the chief of the Charlottesville, VA, Fire Department. He also serves on the Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, the Virginia Secure Commonwealth Panel, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council Governing Board and the IAFC Communications Committee. Werner is chair of the IAFC Technology Council, first vice president of the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association and chair of the DHS SAFECOM Executive Committee.