National Interoperability Field Operations Guide

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The National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG)[1] is a technical reference pocket-guide of spectrum reference material designed for use by field personnel responsible for emergency response and spectrum coordination during both planned events and emergency situations.[2] First published by the DHS Office of Emergency Communications[3] in 2007, the NIFOG was developed in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Information Officer’s Spectrum Management Office[2] to assist Federal and non-Federal agencies and potential users of the mutual aid channels.[4]

The NIFOG contains sections on:

  • Regulations and guidelines for national interoperability
  • Tables of nationwide interoperability channels
  • Common communications references
  • Tables of commonly used frequencies
  • GMRS, FRS and CB and marine frequencies
  • GETS and satphone dialing instructions

and also includes an organized listing of the national mutual aid channels and other reference material.[5]

The first version of the NIFOG was published in September 2007. A revised version (1.3) was issued in May 2009.[6] Version 1.4 was published in January 2011.

The highly popular guide[7] is also available in hard copy. Corrections to version 1.3 will be corrected in 2.0 and are available for download in an errata sheet.[8]