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Sally Fay, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator/Director of Communications and Training, Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission, SWIC
Sally Fay has spent nearly two decades evangelizing the critical importance of public safety emergency communications. As Indiana’s Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, she works with emergency response leaders within state and local agencies, the federal government, and private entities to implement and maintain interoperable communications to ensure emergency readiness. Ms. Fay oversees the daily operations of the state’s public safety interoperability efforts; coordinates state interoperability and communications projects and grant activities for said projects; maintains all preparedness communication plans; chairs the Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) to develop and execute key interoperability initiatives; and, develops, implements and updates the Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP), which details the current status of efforts to enhance communications interoperability within the state. During her tenure with the Integrated Public Safety Commission (IPSC), Indiana has led the nation in removing the financial and technical barriers to interoperable communication. IPSC built and maintains a statewide 700/800 MHz P25 shared land mobile radio (LMR) system, available to any local, state, or federal agency that chooses to participate. More than 90,000 public safety professionals in all 92 Indiana counties have IDs on the system. Indiana’s unique funding model ensures that agencies pay no user fees to access the system. Ms. Fay also led Indiana’s consultation, outreach and education, and now implementation of the nationwide public safety broadband network, FirstNet. Ms. Fay serves on the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) Executive Committee and the Planning, Training & Exercise Committee.