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By: Radio Dispatch Service

Category: Operational Information, People

  1.47 PM 25 February, 2014

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Assisting members with digital listening sets is a priority for CFA and the Regional Radio Dispatch Service (RRDS) project as members transition to the new digital radio dispatch network.

Work is well underway to identify a new listening set capable of receiving analogue and digital radio traffic. For CFA members, a listening set may improve their situational awareness and also prepare them for possible deployment.  As one long standing member Bob Kennedy described it – "I’ve had a listening set for 25 years now and it’s a really important source of information. While it’s there in the background all the time, the brain really clicks in when you hear something that’s coming your way or something that affects your area."

Bob Kennedy, who is the RRDS Regional Coordinator for Hume, said that many members in his region rely on their listening sets to keep in touch with what’s happening with fire and incidents not only in their immediate area, but also what’s happening in neighbouring brigades. "For regional brigades, this is important information - especially during the fire season," said Bob. CFA recognises that, as well as its own people, members of the wider public also use listening sets to monitor radio traffic of fires and other incidents in their area.

Expressions of interest for the supply of new listening sets have now closed since being released to the market on 8 January. The RRDS project team is now in the process of evaluating submissions from interested suppliers and will consult with VFBV before a final recommendation is made.

For more  information please contact the project team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 03 9262 8277

Last Updated: 25 February 2014