Tuesday 1:00 PM Swit Update: Statewide Radio Template for Radio Interoperability

Program Objectives 

SWIT Update: Statewide Template for Radio Interoperability     
1) Overview of the SWIT and the State Agencies involved 
2) Overview of the capabilities in the SWIT and why it's important for large scale incidents 
3) Updates on the SWIT since the roll-out and current activities to implement the SWIT    

Program Descrption

As a  follow-up to last year's presentation when the SWIT was introduced. This will be a high-level overview for attendees. This will be awareness for TCs, updates for line supervisors, and encouragement for executives and chiefs to support the overall plan.    

Presenter Bio 

Steve Rauter has been in the fire service and public safety for over 50 years including 5 years as a paid‐oncall responder for the Carol Stream Fire Protection District and the Wheaton Fire Department. He holds an AAS Degree from the College of DuPage and completed Bachelor of Science program work from Southern Illinois University (Dean’s List), and holds Certification for Fire Officer III (Chief Office/Executive) with the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and has completed various FEMA ICS certifications as well as certified in ICS for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Hazardous Materials. Steve is an original member, and current member, of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm (MABAS) Communications Committee (www.MABAS.org), and a former Communications Specialist(FEMA/IEMA designated role ‘COMS’) for the Illinois Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 1 (IL‐USARTF1).Steve is currently active with various 9‐1‐1 and Communications committees (unpaid) in the state including the State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) Technical Committee, SME for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, a contributor to the STARCOM21 Advisory Committee, and Illinois APCO‐NENA Joint Legislative Committee involved in standards for 9‐1‐1 centers, personnel certifications, and a regular public‐speaker at State 9‐1‐1 Advisory Board (SAB). Steve is also the Secretary for the FCC‐recognized Regional Planning Committee for Region 13, assisting applicants in Illinois for 700mHz and 800mHz licensing. Steve holds a General Radio Operator License (GROL) from the FCC (formerly known as a First Class Commercial License) which allows for the proper installation and maintenance of radio transmitters.