The OKFOG is a pocket-sized communications quick-reference booklet for first responders. The OKFOG:
- Provides guidance to emergency responders in the use of interoperable radio resources to be used on a day-to-day basis, as well as when they are called upon to respond outside of their normal area of operations to provide multi-agency, multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional communications;
- Provides agencies with guidelines for proper use, naming, and programming of shared radio channels;
- Provides Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the use of interoperable radio resources based on statewide and regional interoperability plans; and
- Provides technical reference information for radio technicians to program local agency radios for optimal interoperable capabilities.
The OKFOG is also compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
The information in this guide is intended to assist public safety personnel in identifying the proper radio channels to use when responding outside their primary service area, whether in another part of the state or to a major disaster in a different state. We encourage you to have as many of these interoperability channels programmed in your radios as possible.
The OKFOG was developed throughout 2010 and was published in the first quarter of 2011. During the development phase, stakeholder meetings were held biweekly between the SOP Committee of the Statewide Interoperability Governing Body (SIGB), representatives of OKOHS and L. R. Kimball, a contractor. Updates will likely occur every two years. Should you identify any errors in the OKFOG, please email IOC@dps.state.ok.us.
Presentation and Training
To request that an OKFOG presentation be given during your meeting or conference, please contact Nikki Cassingham.
During the distribution of the OKFOG, an Introduction to the OKFOG presentation will be given, along with a short training. If you are unable to attend a scheduled distribution, you may view the presentation and training by clicking on the links below.
The OKFOG: An Introduction for First Responders
Agencies are encouraged to program as many interoperability channels into their radios as possible.
Please note: There has been some confusion regarding the differences in programming for the Oklahoma VHF Interoperability Channels and the National VHF Interoperability Channels.
The Oklahoma VHF Interoperability Channels (listed on page 99 of the OKFOG) must use a 12.5 kHz bandwidth by January 1, 2013. If capacity permits, it is recommended these Oklahoma VHF Interoperability Channels be programmed as both wideband and narrowband in radios. If capacity is limited, the Oklahoma VHF Interoperability Channels should be programmed as wideband and reprogrammed for narrowband emission as part of a communications plan to transition local frequencies to narrowband.
In contrast, the National VHF Interoperability Channels must be programmed for narrowband operation only. Do not program them for wideband operation, as this may cause unwanted interference.
How to Request a Copy
To request a hard copy of the OKFOG, contact IOC@dps.state.ok.us.
You may access the electronic version of the OKFOG by clicking on the link below.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OR PRINT AN ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THE OKFOG.