New radio system enhances emergency services
(May 30, 2013)
A new state-of-the-art digital radio system will bring enhanced communication capabilities to Westminster later this year. The system will improve reliability and provide expanded coverage for police, fire and emergency services throughout the city.
The $3.4 million system is the first of its kind in Colorado to be designed by Cassidian, one of the largest radio system companies in the world.
“We’re bringing the best technology in the world to our new system in an effort to ensure the safety or our residents,” said Communications Administrator Russ Bowers. “This essential communication system should serve us well for many years.”
The new communication system is currently being developed and should be in live operation in late 2013.
As well as serving public safety, the radio system forms the main communication backbone for Public Works and Utilities; Parks, Recreation and Libraries; and other departments and facilities. The upgrade will also make it easier for the city to communicate with surrounding agencies when emergencies occur that require quick coordination.
The existing system has been in continuous operation 24 hours per day, seven days a week, for 20 years.
Anticipating the need for a replacement, the city has been setting aside funds for the past several years to pay for a replacement. The city has also received two federal grants totaling more than $420,000 to help pay for new portable radios that are required. The grants were obtained through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant and the Department of Homeland Security. They will fund the replacement of 200 portable radios for police personnel, and 54 portable and 22 mobile radios for fire personnel.