Improved Communication System Boosts Safety For Oakland County First Responders

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For many years, Oakland County’s emergency radio system has existed on an island​

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – When seconds count, first responders need the ability to communicate quickly and without limits.

For many years, Oakland County’s emergency radio system has existed on an island. Now, the county is changing to align with the rest of the state.

“This system that I inherited was 20 years old,” said Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter. “One community could not talk to another community within Oakland County; that’s bad enough.”

Oakland County’s 20-year-old radio system, which all Oakland County first responders use, impacted your and your family’s safety, and you likely never knew it.
That’s because Oakland County’s radio system could only work in Oakland County, while all other first responder radio systems across the state could talk to each other anywhere, anytime.

“If you were an officer in Southfield and you were chasing someone into Detroit, you lost radio communications there as well,” Coulter said.

“That is not a safe way to conduct law enforcement.”

Full story by clicking on link above. New system is encrypted.
 

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Oakland County could have been on MPSCS 20 years ago. It was their choice to go with Open Sky and be isolated from their neighbors. Fire Departments are in the clear & Police Departments are encrypted. So far the combination public safety police/fire departments appear to be encrypted although there may be a public safety fireground that is in the clear for mutual aid.
 
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