Nova Scotia is helping firefighters, ground search and rescue crews, medical first responders and the RCMP in rural areas better communicate during an emergency.
Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis today, April 13, announced the government is investing $1.6 million to add four new radio towers to the network used by public safety agencies and volunteers.
“Improving radio coverage is an investment in the health and safety of Nova Scotians,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “First responders need to be able to communicate with each other during an emergency and these investments will help them do so.”
The locations of the new sites are:
— River John, Pictou Co.
— Port Mouton, Queens Co.
— Springhill, Cumberland Co.
— Gore, Hants Co.
Mr. Kousoulis said the sites were assessed and selected as priority areas for the network. The range for coverage is about 35 kilometres from the tower site.
“Trunked mobile radio allows us to work safely and effectively with other emergency services,” said Don Hughes, chief of the Noel Volunteer Fire Department in Hants County. “It’s always good news when the geographical coverage of this critical system is expanded. It’s a good investment.”
The province maintains TMR2, the mobile radio system used by public safety agencies and volunteers in the Maritimes. It serves about 20,000 users including police, fire, ambulance, ground search and rescue, municipal emergency management offices, the RCMP and three levels of government. The network currently has 90 fixed sites across the province.
Government recently upgraded to a state-of-the-art, all-digital system and provided more than $10 million in radio equipment and training to public safety agencies.