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NPSTC and APCO Announce Approval of APCO/NPSTC Standard Channel Nomenclature for Public Safety Interoperability Channels

Date: 2017-01-19
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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the Standard Channel Nomenclature for Public Safety Interoperability Channels [<- click hyperlink or image at right to access pdf version of the document] as revised in 2017. The standard, an update of earlier joint work accomplished by the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International, identifies common channel names for all FCC designated nationwide interoperability channels.  

Over 10 years ago, NPSTC established a Common Channel Naming Task Group for interoperability use. The Task Group solicited input from public safety and held a Public Forum in February 2007. The Task Group developed a Report of Committee, proposing the consensus Revised Common Naming Standard. Following extensive review, the Standard Channel Nomenclature for the Public Safety Interoperability Channels became a standard within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 2010.

The 2017 version includes new 700 MHz Air to Ground frequencies, adds 155.160 MHz as a common use Search and Rescue frequency, clarifies the tone code squelch for transportable relay stations, and has a revised appendix, which follows the NIMS-217A format. This version of the standard is consistent with the DHS's 2016 National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG).

- People, Places & Things/ (via NPSTC, 1/18/17)



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