National Interoperability Field Operations Guide
National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications
The Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) publishes the National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) as a reference guide for public safety radio technicians and communications planners. The waterproof, pocket-sized guide (also available in PDF format) contains radio regulations, tables of radio channels, and technical reference information. If you are establishing or repairing emergency communications in a disaster area, this is a tool you should have.
What’s New in NIFOG Version 1.4
- VTAC Repeater Channels
- The DOJ 25 Cities Project
- FEMA Regions – States and Territories
- U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centers
- Cellular Telephone Emergency Response
- Text Messaging
- Line-of-sight Formulas
- VHF Low-band interoperability repeaters and channel names
- All channel tables list frequencies in the same order as ICS-205 and ICS-217 forms
- An improved map showing where channel VTAC17 may be used, with county names
- 700 MHz Interoperability Channels – frequencies have been added to the table
- UHF MED channels – 12.5 and 6.25 channels added
- RJ-45 wiring – crossover wiring added
- VHF Marine Channel and Frequency tables
- Revised the answer to the question “Don’t I need a license for these channels before programming them into radios?”
- Revised the “Ground to Air working channel” in the table “Federal/Non-Federal VHF SAR Operations Interoperability Plan”
… and other minor additions and updates. Also, there are 4 PDF versions that you can download:
- NIFOG 1.4 for personal printing
- NIFOG 1.4 for professional printing
- NIFOG 1.4 rotated for viewing
- NIFOG 1.4 for PDAs (small displays)
If you just want the new and updated content listed above, download the “what’s new” file.
How to get a copy of the NIFOG
Public safety communications professionals and emergency communications specialists in volunteer organizations can receive reasonable quantities of NIFOGs at no charge by completing the NIFOG request form from http://publicsafetytools.info
If you need NIFOGs by a particular date for a training event or conference, please specify the event and date in the “justification” block.
Businesses may purchase copies from the U.S. Government Printing Office – go to http://bookstore.gpo.gov/ and type “Interoperability” in the “Simple Search” box.
- NIFOG version 1.4 - For Personal Printing (561 kB, 98 pages)
- NIFOG version 1.4 - For Professional Printing (604 kB, 98 pages)
- NIFOG version 1.4 - Rotated For Viewing (573 kB, 98 pages)
- NIFOG version 1.4 - For PDAs (small displays) (550 kB, 98 pages)
- NIFOG version 1.4 - What's New (241 kB, 35 pages)
- Programming Guide For Interoperability Radio Channels (doc, 42 KB, 3 pages)
- Programming Template For Interoperability Radio Channels (xls, 112KB)
NIFOG Mailing List
Join the NIFOG group for additional information and regular updates.
For further information
Please contact Ross Merlin at Ross.Merlin@hq.dhs.gov or 1-703-235-4085.