On September 10, 2011 the State of Colorado through the Statewide Interoperability Executive Council (SIEC), launched a FREE specialized interoperable emergency communications training program for all of the agencies in the State.
The training program is the culmination of a collaborative effort between the State and its All Hazards Regions using Federal grant funds to develop and deploy educational sessions on public safety communications interoperability.
The training covers topics such as:
How the radio equipment operates
How they can communicate with other agencies
Information on radio caches, gateway devices, and mobile command vehicles
The training itself is broken down into different phases and types of training.
There is a multi-hour, self-paced web based training that agency personnel may take at their convenience and as their schedule allows.
There is agency directed training, where the agecny may customize a workbook to fit the equipment and programming that they use and how to use the equipment.
There is a multi-hour classroom portion that may be customized and tailored to an individual agency's need.
In a letter to the various agencies in Colorado explaining the training program, Daniel Qualman, Chairman of the SIEC stated, "We believe that each agency has an obligation to ensure that their responders understand how to use their portable and mobile radios as well as having the knowledge of various interoperability solutions, which are available to them. The creation of these training courses is the first step toward a safer and more efficient response system."