South Carolina ETV

Emergency Communications Training for Public Safety Personnel

For Immediate Release
October 31, 2013

ETV and the South Carolina Division of State Information Technology (SC DSIT) are partnering to tackle a big project, and big word, interoperability.

Interoperability assures that during large-scale emergencies, first responders from different branches of service and municipalities can communicate with one another quickly and efficiently. 

"Responders that have a good understanding of interoperable communications have a more efficient response and a more effective response throughout South Carolina in any incident, whether it's fire, law enforcement, emergency management, or EMS," said Robert Steadman, Division of State Information Technology.

ETV developed free online training for South Carolina's public safety personnel for SC DSIT.  These programs focus on training in basic radio communications for responders; understanding interoperable communications; utilization of additional communications resources such as emergency amateur radio services and organizations; and the role of emergency telecommunicators (E-911 dispatch) in interoperable communications. 

"The partnership with ETV has really been helpful because with the staff and crew at ETV, it brings a degree of professionalism to all the state emergency responders," said Thom Ashton, State Emergency Operations Center. 

"ETV has a proud history in this area and is very committed to emergency service and training.  These projects bring together state, local and federal emergency training, and our agency is looking forward to producing more training videos in the months ahead," said Linda O'Bryon, President and CEO of ETV & ETV Radio.

To learn more about these training videos, please visit:

This project was funded by a grant from the US Department of Homeland Security.  

South Carolina ETV (presenting station) is the state's public educational broadcasting network.  Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.  South Carolina ETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz, Spoleto Festival USA, and World of Opera.



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