Final phase of CFA radio roll-out begins

The final phase of the Country Fire Authority's (CFA) radio replacement roll-out is under way with the distribution of more than 1,300 Transportable Bag Radios (TBR) to brigade members across Victoria. 

The new TBRs feature Tait TM9155 mobile radios and were developed by CFA's Radio Replacement Project team following consultation with brigade members and CFA field staff. 

Brett Smythe, General Manager, Tait Asia Pacific, says: "Throughout the entire project we have worked hand-in-hand with CFA staff at all levels to ensure that the Tait solution meets the demanding requirements of the men and women who operate in some of the harshest, most hazardous environments in the world. 

"The TBRs are no exception and represent another critical element in CFA's complete communications system, equipping CFA responders with a highly reliable and portable communications lifeline." 

The range of new features in the TBRs will better support CFA volunteers and firefighters in the field and allow them to operate more effectively and efficiently during an emergency. 

The self-contained, ruggedized kits are custom built and feature a loudspeaker, handheld control-head, mains power supply and built-in GPS unit. They have the power and range of a mobile radio and can be rapidly transferred between vehicles or inside buildings to be powered by a mains supply. 

The radio and accessories fit inside a compact carry bag with a webbing system to secure the unit, which is complete with seatbelt-style quick releases behind the front passenger seat. 

More than 9,000 Tait P25 digital portable and mobile radios have already been rolled out to 1,220 CFA brigades across the State of Victoria as part of the complex Radio Replacement Project managed by CFA, Tait Communications and local partner AA Radio Services. 

Tait, a global leader in critical communications solutions, was selected to provide CFA's P25 digital radio solution as part of a US$29 million contract awarded in 2010. 

The CFA is a community-based fire and emergency-services organization made up of 56,000 members, helping protect 3.3 million Victorians and more than one million homes and properties across the state.

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