Advancing communications interoperability for responders

By Eric Torunski Executive Director

The inability of responders to communicate across disciplines or jurisdictions can put lives at risk. While much good work is being accomplished across the nation, sadly there is much left to do. CITIG has been leading this charge in Canada. Created in 2007 and now led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) and Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, CITIG’s mission is to improve Canadian public safety interoperability at home and abroad through collaborative efforts, innovation and leadership.

For the coming year, CITIG will be focussing on raising awareness and facilitating participation on key issues related to responder communications interoperability, including:

  • 700 MHz Broadband for Mission Critical Public Safety DATA
  • Next Generation (NG) 9-1-1
  • Cross-border interoperability
  • Location based services

In addition to acting as the voice of responders and representing responder interests on public safety interoperability issues, CITIG will continue to facilitate information sharing through the CITIG portal (www.citig.ca), news updates, social media, etc. to raise awareness about interoperability issues and best practices. Of course, CITIG will also carry on its hallmark annual workshop program (the Eighth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop will be held November 30 to December 4, 2014 in Ottawa) as well as cross‐border, regional and issue‐specific events.

To learn more about CITIG, and for a complete listing of CITIG events, please visit www.citig.ca.