JISCCJoint Incident Site Communications Capability
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During the field exercise, JISCC proved its value by providing for the constant flow of vital information in a seamless manner, Captain Downer said.
It comes with everything necessary to make JISCC completely self-sufficient in the field.
Relying on satellite communications, the JISCC system allows for communications across multiple radio, data, video and voice platforms during emergencies or large-scale disasters.
The JISCC system was introduced nationwide after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; all FEMA regions have access to JISCC equipment that is maintained and operated by National Guard units.
A JISCC is self-sufficient because it runs on generators.
The JISCC is a 20-foot mobile communications system, which allows for interoperability between the two agencies, providing a streamlined system for the emergency responders.
With the JISCC; it is lightweight, versatile and we only need eight people to run 24-hour operations.
Each system costs about $1.5 million, in total, six more JISCC systems will be added for this hurricane response.
Another Air National Guard JISCC unit, the 126th from Illinois, is powering the 156th's command post and airfield management office, restoring ramp operations at Muniz.
In the spirit of community partnership, the PRANG provided its additional resource from Wisconsin, the 115th Communications Flight, to set up a separate JISCC at the FAA communications center at San Juan.
Virgin Islands, is set to receive two JISCCs; one each from the Maine National Guard and New York National Guard.
"Colorado, alone, sent 60 Airmen and Soldiers to help our neighbors in Texas, and we have more than 300 Airmen and Soldiers deployed to eight countries, predominately in the Middle East." The JISCC is the capability that supports the National Guard Communications Elements as prescribed by the Joint CONUS Communications Support Environment.