U.K. Fire and Rescue Deploys 1,000 MOTOTRBO Radios
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | Comments

Motorola Solutions and Radiocoms Systems announced that Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service in the United Kingdom will deploy 1,000 MOTOTRBO radios and the WAVE 5000 mobile communicator service to connect the Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) system with TETRA technology.

The new portable radios will provide the fire service with a range of features such as push-to-talk (PTT) instantaneous communications, enhanced audio quality, integrated accelerometers for man-down protection, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi.

The agreement will also see command support vehicles use Motorola Solutions’ the WAVE service to provide access to the Airwave TETRA network, as well as to Hampshire’s own DMR talkgroup. This will drive real-time collaboration and enable staff to communicate via voice or text using a range of networks, in any location and in any environment via an easy-to-use application.

The result is a unified communications network that will enable Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service staff to experience a superior level of fireground communications in even the most difficult or hazardous of conditions.

The integrated service will see more than 1,800 members of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service benefit from superior in-vehicle, in-building and frontline communications, allowing the fire service to provide a superior level of support to 1.8 million Hampshire citizens.

“The safety of our local Hampshire citizens and well being of our firefighters is of paramount importance to the fire service, which is why we have chosen to upgrade our communications equipment to an advanced digital system,” said Peter Clarke, station manager operational technologies. “Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service aims to be fully digital by August.”

The fire and rescue service covers 1,455 square miles of the country, protecting millions of Hampshire residents and visitors. If frontline firefighters have to enter into a hazardous environment, the fire service has the option of switching to an ATEX version of the MOTOTRBO radios, which feature the highest ATEX/IEC Ex gas explosion group rating.

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