Howell County, Missouri, selects Tait simulcast solution

Howell County, Missouri, will implement a simulcast radio solution from Tait Communications to improve mission-critical radio coverage for its 20 emergency response agencies.

The new Tait network will alleviate the coverage problems we are having with our current system and provide reliable communications to ensure our first responders are safe,” says Stephen Gleghorn, 911 Director, Howell County.

“Reliability is extremely important. We are in a tornado-prone area and located on the edge of the New Madrid fault line. We need to make sure our first responders have the most reliable, interoperable communications equipment.”

Designed for interoperability, the Tait solution will enable the County’s 13 fire departments, three ambulance services, three police departments and the Howell County Sheriff’s Office to reuse their current radios and pagers, saving the County money in equipment and training.

The Tait team that we are working with is very professional and we are very happy with the system design and solution provided; it meets all our coverage and interoperability requirements,” adds Gleghorn.

Blake Bowers, Chief of the Lanton Volunteer Fire Department, says: “The Howell County Fire Chief’s Association, who is purchasing the system with Howell County 911, was awarded the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant. We are very pleased to be awarded this grant; it enables us to purchase the critical equipment that we need.”

Bruce Bonini, Vice-President of Sales, Tait Communications Americas, says: “We are delighted to provide Howell County with a network designed specifically to the needs of their public safety agencies. The network design will meet the Federal Government’s 2013 narrowband requirements and will address the coverage and congestion issues the County was experiencing with their previous network.”

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