The Homeland Security division of the Missouri Department of Public Safety has chosen State Fair Community College to conduct interoperable communication training to law enforcement, fire and emergency management personnel statewide. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with SFCC President Marsha Drennon.

Marsha Drennon

Press Release from State Fair Community College:

SEDALIA—State Fair Community College (SFCC) has been chosen by the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Office of Homeland Security, to develop and provide interoperable communications training statewide to law enforcement, fire and emergency management personnel. Interoperable communications, or communications systems capable of functioning across jurisdictional lines, is a critical component of emergency preparedness and disaster and emergency response in Missouri and will require close coordination among state and local emergency response agencies. The training will provide first responders with an understanding of what constitutes interoperable communications and how their individual communications systems can be networked with other systems, both within individual jurisdictions and with jurisdictions across the state. The training also will provide first responders with information on how the new statewide interoperable communications system (MoSWIN) will provide a platform for local law enforcement and other public safety agencies to enhance their interoperability. The $475,680 contract will fund a two-part project: curriculum development and delivery design, and an online application and tracking system. SFCC President Dr. Marsha Drennon said this type of contract with the Missouri Office of Homeland Security is a first for Missouri community colleges. “This is an extraordinary and exciting entrepreneurial opportunity for State Fair Community College to provide valuable communication training to first responders,” she said. “We hope the project will serve as a replicable model for community colleges statewide to provide similar services.” Outside communications experts identified by the state will work with SFCC to design the curriculum, which will be offered through SFCC’s office of Lifelong Learning. Training to an estimated 4,000 people will be online, self-guided and available 24 hours a day. SFCC will be responsible for designing an enrollment system; providing technical support; tracking trainee progress; and reporting documentation of completed training to the department. The contract is renewable for four more years.