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Reflash up and running
The first CFA radios have been reflashed this week, a major milestone in the Regional Radio Dispatch Service Project.
The reflashing is necessary for CFA’s Tait radios to work on the new digital radio network and involves updating the software in the radios.
Ten Reflash Support Officers are working in teams and will travel across Victoria to reflash around 13 ,000 radios.
Brigades in Districts 2, 12, 14 and 15 were the first visited by the Reflash team. Each District takes approximately one month to be completely reflashed and the teams then move on to the next District. The reflash will continue until completed in June 2014.
Regional Co-ordinators based in Wendouree, Shepparton and Bendigo are managing the reflash program, working with District Operations to plan the schedule and contact Brigades to confirm visits to stations. Two more Regional Co-ordinators, based in Geelong and Traralgon will join the RRDS Project Team in coming weeks.
Regional Co-ordinator for Hume, Bob Kennedy was pleased with the first week. “Reflashing has gone well and we have made good progress,” Bob said.
“We are particularly grateful for the assistance from Members of the Brigades we visited, as they enabled our team to gain access to stations and made sure their radios were available at their station as planned.”
“This assistance is really important as it helps keep the reflash program on track and minimises the impact on Brigades and Members.”
The reflash schedule for other Districts is available from District offices or the RRDS Project web page on Brigades Online.
Districts 12, 15 and 2 are the first scheduled to transition to the new digital radio network. District 12 will pilot the new network and transition on 8 December 2013. The transition will continue on a district by district basis until May 2014.