Oakville Fire department receives grant from federal government for new tactical communications system

Thursday, March 22, 2012 – for immediate release

Oakville Fire department receives grant from federal government for new tactical communications system

The Oakville Fire department is upgrading and improving its tactical communications system thanks in part to a grant from the federal government. The $125,000 project will receive approximately $50,000 in funding from the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) and enables the department to purchase a mobile command and communications system.

Designed specifically for first responders, the new tactical communications system allows emergency personnel to quickly and easily establish communications from a remote location. It can also be used in cases where there is a collapse or breakdown in regular communication infrastructure.

“Communications, particularly in times of crisis, is critical for first responders,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This new system allows our fire department to improve its on-site communications and enhance their connection with other responding agencies in an emergency.”

With a simple push of a button, the system provides secure telephone and two-way radio communications as well as creates a WiFi hotspot for on-site computer operations under any conditions. It can also be expanded in the future as new needs are identified and new capabilities become available.

“The new tactical communications system will be an integral part of the new Oakville Fire Department Command Unit,” said Oakville Fire Chief Lee Grant. “It gives us the confidence to know that no matter what the conditions, we’ll be able to respond effectively to serve Oakville residents.”

JEPP is administered by Public Safety Canada and was established in October 1980 to enhance the national capacity to respond to all types of emergencies and to enhance the resiliency of critical infrastructure.

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For more information

Andy Glynn
Deputy Fire Chief
905-338-4251
aglynn@oakville.ca

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communication Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3096
kmoser@oakville.ca


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Oakville Fire department receives grant from federal government for new tactical communications system