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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
FEMA Defines P25
After almost a decade of dodging the bullet on just exactly what is, and what is not "P25 compatible", FEMA has FINALLY published some guidelines. It's a crying shame they didn't do this years ago!
Taking the Mystery out of P25 Communications Equipment
The only eligible Assistance to Firefighters Grants
(AFG) activity for interoperable communications equipment is the
acquisition of P25 compliant equipment.
P25 compliant equipment
is programmable, scalable, and can communicate in analog mode with
legacy radios and in both analog and digital mode with other P25
equipment. P25 compliance enhances interoperability, allowing first
responders to communicate with each other to coordinate their response
to and mitigate all hazards.
It is the grantee’s responsibility
to obtain documented evidence that the equipment to be acquired has been
tested and passed all the applicable P25 requirements and the grantee
shall be able to produce such documentation to the AFG Program Office
upon request. .
AFG applicants do not have to identify a specific P25 product in their application narrative;
but they must affirm that the interoperable communications equipment
requested or acquired is P25 compliant. The procurement of
communications equipment that does not meet the P25 compliance equipment
is considered unallowable and may not be reimbursed or paid for using
AFG grant funds.
As an initial step in researching P25 compliant communications
equipment, for either your Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG)
application or an AFG award; please visit the DHS Lessons Learned Information Sharing website, RKB Certifications & Declarations at: https://www.llis.dhs.gov/knowledgebase/certifications-declarations-list
Type the vendor/manufacturer name of the equipment being researched into the “Title” box and hit “APPLY”
Products listed will have supporting P25 documentation. Click on the product for specification details and documentation.
site is a resource and under constant development; there may be
products for a vendor that are P25 compliant, but are not currently