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Fire service minister Alan Whitehead today gave the go-ahead to the ...
Fire service minister Alan Whitehead today gave the go-ahead to the

procurement of a national radio communications system for the fire

service in England and Wales. This system will enhance the capability

of the fire service and allow it to meet the new radio

interoperability requirement agreed by the primary emergency


The decision follows agreement between the presidents of the

professional associations representing the three primary emergency

services - the police, fire and emergency ambulance service - on the

need for enhanced radio communications inter-operability post 11

September. A new specification reflecting this enhanced requirement

is being prepared.

Dr Whitehead said:

'Following 11 September the government has emphasised that it wants

to be assured that radio communications between the emergency

services will be equal to the demands that may be placed upon them.

Today's decision follows professional advice on the operational,

technical and procurement issues.

'We will now be discussing with fire authorities how best to

implement the new national strategy. But the government is prepared

to manage, support and fully fund a new national competition, and

work on this will start immediately.'

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