Common Channel

Common Channel, previously referred to as “Mutual Aid,” is a system of analog radio base stations across the State controlled by local/regional system operators, using common, nationally accepted frequencies to allow interoperable radio coverage for mutual aid. These shared radio channels will allow first responders, such as the Nebraska State Patrol and local fire or law enforcement to talk to each other in an emergency that crosses local boundary lines, (for example, cross-county flooding, a car chase that moves across jurisdictions, or a disaster in one community that requires assistance from responders from other communities).
The Nebraska Public Safety Communications Council (NSPCC), which  is made up of representatives from the Planning-Exercise Regions and State Agencies, is developing plans for maintenance and upkeep of the system. Pilot projects, using different technologies, are being done in Buffalo, Douglas and Phelps Counties. The Standard Operating Procedures for the Nebraska Common Channel were developed by the Nebraska Council of Regions (NCOR) and are listed below.

Common Channel Resources:
Standard Operating Procedures
Nebraska Common Channel Project Description
Mutual Aid Pilot Projects Newsletter
Common Channel Presentation
Nebraska Common Channel Information Sheet 2012
Best Practice-Mutual Aid Agreements-Developing Agreements
Best Practice-Mutual Aid Agreements-Liability and Insurance
Best Practice-Mutual Aid Agreements-Overview
Best Practice-Mutual Aid Agreements-Reimbursement and FEMA
Best Practice-Mutual Aid Agreements-Requesting Mutual Aid
Best Practice-Mutual Aid Agreements-Response Protocols
Best Practice-Mutual Aid Agreements-Types of Agreements
Sample Fire Service Mutual Aid Plan-Arizona