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NCJ Number: 211553 Find in a Library
Title: Emergency Deployable Interoperable Communications Systems
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:53  Issue:9  Dated:September 2005  Pages:138-141
Author(s): Christy Whitehead
Date Published: September 2005
Page Count: 4
Publisher: http://www.hendonpub.com/ 
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the abilities of Emergency Deployable Interoperable Communications Systems (EDICS) in providing interagency communication in the event of an emergency situation through a mock terrorist attack in Florida.
Abstract: In a disaster or emergency situation police and fire agencies have to work together to bring a quick and safe resolution. However, when agencies are unable to communicate and work together due to a terrorist attack or hurricane, the result can be disastrous. This issue is addressed in this article through Northeast Florida’s coordination of a mock terrorist attack and their utilization of the Emergency Deployable Interoperable Communications Systems (EDICS). Florida bought nine of the EDICS to ensure that upon arrival on the scene of an incident, any agency would be able to communicate with any other agency regardless of radio type, frequency, or mode. EDICS can be used to make each radio type interact which could ultimately save the department money. In addition, cell phones can be added as radios to the system. Florida was the first State in the country to purchase the system because they believe that EDICS will improve the coordination of emergency responders in the event of a disaster or crisis situation. Today, Florida has distributed the EDICS throughout the State.
Main Term(s): Telecommunications
Index Term(s): Disaster procedures; Emergency communications; Emergency procedures; Information dissemination; Interagency cooperation; Police emergency procedures
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