The City of Springfield, USA, has purchased more than 400 new Motorola radios for law enforcement, fire and public works employees for emergency call processing, command and control, and land mobile radio communications.
According to Valerie Lough, Springfield City Community Information Coordinator, in addition to purchasing a new radio, the city will also build a new radio system that will cost the entire system an upgrade of $2.3 million.
"The city buys radios and systems, and the state will be responsible for maintaining them," Lough said.
Springfield City Emergency Services Manager Paul Hicks said the equipment is very important.
"The performance of the new devices is much better than the previous systems. We are very satisfied with the reliability and clarity of these systems," Hicks said.
The previous radio system Springfield was installed in 2000. The new radio equipment is wholly owned and maintained by the city and Clark County, while the radio system is maintained by Ohio.
These new radios are directly introduced into the ASTRO 25 system at MARCS, Ohio.
High-performance MARCS (Multi-Agency Radiocommunication System) radio units are becoming the national standard.
The system allows police, fire and rescue personnel from different jurisdictions to communicate on one channel. This allows for large-scale communications in an emergency, which is a core component of the Ohio Emergency Management Plan.
Clark County 911 Coordinator Mike Combs said that Springfield's participation in the MARCS system allows Clark County to communicate more effectively.
As of September 2018, half of Clark County has operated on the MARCS system. In the same month, Clark County received $37,000 from the state's Homeland Security Special Project grant for the purchase of 13 MARCS system radios, as well as batteries, microphones and charging stations.
“We are pleased to have all Clark County agents join the statewide MARCS system,” Combs said. “On the same network is another step towards direct and effective communication between our first responders in the state.”