Oswego County E-911 radio tower project still on course

Oswego County E-911 Director Michael Allen recently reported to the Oswego County Legislature’s Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee that work on the county’s new radio tower project is on course.

“We are continuing to optimize radio equipment and finalize an emergency channel plan,” said Allen. “We are also working out the training component. Motorola will train our trainers who will go on to train others in the field.”

The first order of subscriber units, portables, mobile and control stations will be submitted in May and training will coincide with the roll-out of the new equipment.

Testing is scheduled to be conducted in June, July and August and the new system is on track to be fully deployed and accepted in September.

Allen added, “To achieve acceptance, the new system is required to work in 97 percent of the county with portable radios. Compare that to the current system where mobile requirements were only 95 percent.”

Oswego County has funded the development of a 10-Channel Trunked Land Mobile Radio System to replace the current 800 MHz radio system.

A federal mandate required users to vacate current channels and leave the system due to cost-prohibitive sustainability. Additionally, with the old technology, radio coverage throughout the county was sparse in some places and public safety agencies could not rely on its use.

There are 47 user agencies in Oswego County who will employ the TLMR system.

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