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Delay in the transition to RRDS
Transition to the new digital radio dispatch network has been delayed until mid-2014, while the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) works to train the necessary VicFire dispatch operators.
The transition, scheduled to commence on 8 December, will now take place once VicFire dispatch operators are trained to support the new digital network, including features such as the duress functionality on the radios and the patching of channels.
I acknowledge that this may not be welcome news for some of our brigades, who will continue operating on the Category 5 radio dispatch system and managing black spots as they have in previous years. This would mean maintaining the Group Communications Officer role in some areas. I thank these brigades for their ongoing support and cooperation.
CFA will continue training and preparation as planned to ensure we're ready for the switch, including:
- ‘Train the trainer' activities with operations teams
- Coverage testing
- Brigade training
- Reflashing radios across the state.
The Regional Radio Dispatch Service project team will provide an update on the transition early next year.