800AB Meeting Minutes 2017-01

The minutes from the January 2017 meeting of the 800MHz Advisory Board are available for download. The meeting minutes and sign-in sheet were provided by the board secretary. For more information on the advisory board, click here.

Next Meeting: Thursday 3/23/2017, 1:30pm at 1810 Princeton Road – View the calendar.

The handouts from the meeting are included in this document, following the meeting minutes.

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800AB Meeting Minutes 2016-09

The minutes from the September 2016 meeting of the 800MHz Advisory Board are available for download. The meeting minutes and sign-in sheet were provided by the board secretary. For more information on the advisory board, click here.

Next Meeting: Thursday 1/26/2017, 1:30pm at 1810 Princeton Road – View the calendar.

The handouts from the meeting are included in this document, following the meeting minutes.

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Automated Fire Station Alerting at 9COM

Earlier this year, 9COM shared its intention to procure an automated fire station alerting system. This kind of system, which automatically broadcasts the initial incident information to fire and EMS units, is expected to improve overall response times by reducing 9COM’s call processing time. Fire departments will be notified more quickly about new calls for service – potentially as soon as a call taker has obtained a call type and dispatchable address.

The county put out a bid request for such a system in February, and three vendors replied with bids in March. Around the same time, BCSO applied for a grant along with partnering fire departments to fund the project. In May, we received notification that BCSO was awarded the grant. Since the grant requires matching funds, buy-in on the project was required at the county commissioner level.

1591_LOGO-Locution-ForPrintingBCSO Technical Services reviewed the bids from the three vendors and determined that Locution was the only option that met all of our technical requirements. On June 27th, the county commissioners passed resolutions to award the bid to Locution, accept the grant, and agree to move forward with funding the project.

Now that the project is officially underway, a great deal of data needs to be assembled and provided to Locution so they can begin recording the audio files needed to make our automated announcement. They need every street name we will likely send fire or EMS to, every business or landmark name, every unit and unit type… and so on. Technical Services is working with 9COM and neighboring PSAPs to assemble all of this information and provide it to Locution.

We don’t currently have an implementation timeline. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Hamilton County Radio Update

HAMILTONMONTohio-angleHamilton County and Cincinnati have been working on a long project to replace their 800MHz systems with updated technology, and to attach the new system to BRICS and MARCS. They switched their users over last week.

Their project affects our users because the Hamilton County talkgroups in our police and fire radios need to be replaced with Hamilton County’s new talkgroups. BRICS has been prepping for this change and is currently reprogramming radios at fire departments bordering Hamilton County first. Over the next several months, all radios in the county will need to be reprogrammed. Montgomery County is going through a similar upgrade in the next month or two, so BRICS will be swapping out the Montgomery talkgroups for new ones as well.

By the end of the day tomorrow (August 3 2016), every southern-border fire department will be reprogrammed and equipped with Hamilton County’s new talkgroups. BRICS staff will continue to contact agencies to schedule programming throughout the rest of the county in the weeks following.

 

Butler County Light & Air Truck

The Butler County Emergency Management Agency asked us to share this information with BRICS users:

The Air and Light truck, a county asset previously hosted by the Hanover Township Fire Department, moved to the Ross Township Fire Department yesterday.

The unit designation, often previously referred to as Light & Air 181, is now Light & Air 1, or LA1 in CAD, on MDTs and in alpha paging.

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800AB Meeting Minutes 2016-03

The minutes from the March 2016 meeting of the 800MHz Advisory Board are available for download. The meeting minutes and sign-in sheet were provided by the board secretary. For more information on the advisory board, click here.

Next Meeting: Thursday 5/26/2016, 1:30pm at 1810 Princeton Road – View the calendar.

The handouts from the meeting are included in this document, following the meeting minutes.

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