New province-wide radio system improves communications for emergency responders in N.L.
April 14, 2023 By FFIC Staff
Apr. 14, 2023, Newfoundland and Labrador – The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have begun using the new province-wide radio system on the Avalon Peninsula. This system will improve the way emergency responders and government – such as the RNC, RCMP, firefighters, paramedics and other public service providers – communicate with each other during emergencies.
In the coming months, paramedics and ambulance dispatchers on the Avalon Peninsula will also begin using the system. The Provincial Government is working with Bell to install and support the system across Newfoundland and Labrador. Infrastructure improvements and developments are ongoing, and are expected to be complete in mid-2024 when public safety service providers across the entire province will begin to migrate to the new network.
The Honourable John Hogan, KC, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General, and the Honourable Elvis Loveless, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, joined RNC Chief Pat Roche, Chief Superintendent Pat Cahill, Criminal Operations Officer, RCMP Newfoundland and Labrador, and Gary Semplonius, Senior Vice President of Sales, Bell Business Markets, at the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre to mark the milestone.
The interoperable communications system for all emergency responders in the province is part of the Atlantic Network supporting all four provinces. This network allows for immediate interprovincial support during emergencies and natural disasters, without having to reconfigure radios or dispatch.
The provincial government is investing over $181 million over 12 years to support the province-wide radio system, including $21 million in Budget 2023.
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