Missouri County Selects Tait Simulcast Solution (10/3/12)
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 | Comments

Howell County (Miss.) will implement a simulcast radio system from Tait Communications to improve mission-critical radio coverage for its 20 emergency response agencies.

“The new Tait network will alleviate the coverage problems we are having with our current system and provide reliable communications to ensure our first responders are safe,” said Stephen Gleghorn, 9-1-1 director, Howell County. “Reliability is extremely important. We are in a tornado-prone area and located on the edge of the New Madrid fault line. We need to make sure our first responders have the most reliable, interoperable communications equipment.”

Designed for interoperability, the system will enable the county’s 13 fire departments, three ambulance services, three police departments and the Howell County Sheriff’s Office to reuse their current radios and pagers, saving the county money in equipment and training.

The Howell County Fire Chief’s Association is purchasing the system with the 9-1-1 department, with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters grant money. “We are very pleased to be awarded this grant; it enables us to purchase the critical equipment that we need,” said Blake Bowers, chief of the Lanton Volunteer Fire Department.

The network design will meet the 2013 narrowbanding requirements, and will address the coverage and congestion issues the county was experiencing, said Bruce Bonini, vice president of sales, Tait Communications Americas.

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