Interoperability for First Responders and Emergency Management: Definition, Need, and the Path Forward



A definition of a culture of interoperability between members of the first responder community is the subject of this review. The justification for, keys to, and roadblocks preventing the creation of an interoperable culture within emergency response are considered. Also considered is how such a culture may be cultivated. Finally, the public policy context of training in the first responder community as a tool to create interoperable communities is discussed.