First responders get new emergency radio system

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The Maritime provinces are get*ting a $100-million integrated emergency mobile radio system, the first partnership of its kind in Canada.

The upgraded voice and data system will replace aging tech*nology used by first responders such as police and fire depart*ments. And for the first time, it will link Nova Scotia, New Bruns*wick and Prince Edward Island.

The three provinces operate separate, incompatible emergency radio systems.

“When we talk about infra*structure, I know people often think of bridges and roads and buildings, but a sophisticated communications infrastructure is vitally important for emergency responders in the Maritime prov*inces," federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Monday while in Halifax to announce Ottawa’s portion of the funding.

“This new system will save lives."
 
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