New province-wide radio system helps improve public safety and emergency response

  • Mar. 3, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Pipestone Flyer

Vol 15. Issue 9, Leduc – Wetaskiwin Pipestone Flyer

Emergency responders across Alberta will soon be able to communicate directly and easily with one another thanks to a new province-wide radio communications network.

The network will mean better coordinated and integrated responses among first responders, particularly in emergencies or natural disasters. The system will also be used for the day-to-day operations of first responders, such as RCMP, municipal and First Nations police, fire, and emergency medical personnel, as well as sheriffs, Alberta Emergency Management Agency and fish and wildlife officers.

“This project reflects our government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of Albertans,” said Premier Ed Stelmach. “It’s impossible to predict emergencies, but when they do occur, this new radio system will help first responders deal with these events as quickly and effectively as possible.”

“This new communications network is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Canada, and an investment in those first responders who Albertans rely on for help during an emergency,” said Frank Oberle, Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security. “Effective communication among these agencies is fundamental to a coordinated and integrated response, and critical to ensuring Albertans receive the help they need when they need it.”

The new network will allow seamless communication among participating first responder agencies. It is being implemented as part of Alberta’s new law enforcement framework, which was announced last December to strengthen community policing, integration, and police accountability.

Harris Systems Canada Inc. has been awarded the contract to build the new radio network. Construction on the $370-million project will begin in March and implementation will be phased in between 2011 and 2014.

The Alberta government is working to build a better Alberta by fostering economic growth, strengthening our health and education systems, investing in infrastructure, supporting safe and strong communities and ensuring a clean and healthy environment.

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