5 other agencies get upgrades to current equipment

The Region I Homeland Security Oversight Committee (HSOC) finalized its list of emergency agencies that will receive new mobile radios or upgrades to current radios that would enable a connection to the new Missouri Statewide Interoperability Network (MOSWIN) at its Jan. 31 meeting.

MOSWIN is a radio communications network built by the Missouri Department of Public Safety with the goal of providing an interoperable platform for local emergency responders to communicate with other agencies, both local and state.

As MOSWIN nears completion, Region I HSOC set a goal to ensure that every emergency response agency in the region has the capability to access this system through mobile radios.

Agencies awarded one or two new mobile radios for this purpose include St. James Fire Protection District, Doolittle Police Department, Newburg Police Department, Lebanon Fire Department, Vienna Fire Department, Phelps County Regional Medical Center Ambulance, Doolittle Fire Protection District, Salem Memorial District Hospital Ambulance, Salem Police Department, Vichy Volunteer Fire Department, Lenox Fire Department, Steelville Fire Protection District and Crocker Fire Protection District.

Additionally, Dixon Rural Fire Protection District, Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, Montauk Rural Fire Department, Jadwin Fire Department and Edgar Springs Fire Protection District were also awarded upgrades to two mobile radios each that will allow those radios to access MOSWIN.

A special training is planned March 5 at the Meramec Regional Planning Commission office in St. James to help awarding agencies learn about their new radios.

In other business, Region I HSOC:

Was updated on the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and how the assessment will relate to project allocations for 2013. Region I HSOC has appointed a subcommittee to draft its THIRA, which is expected to be completed this spring. Project allocations for 2013 will be directly related to the needs identified in the THIRA.

Heard an update on MOSWIN from Brian Courtney, chief interoperability officer for the statewide interoperability office for the Missouri Department of Public Safety.

Learned that there will be an HSOC grant workshop in Jefferson City on Feb. 20 to assist emergency response agencies interested in applying for 2013 HSOC grants.