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County joins new radio system network

Peace country firefighters are now better connected to first responders around the province. The County of Grande Prairie is now on the Alberta First Responder Radio Communications System, which went live two years ago.

Regional Enforcement Services Manager Stuart Rempel explains the digital radios use better technology and cost less. Their cost was in the County’s 2018 budget, which the Alberta government covers the cost of the network.

“The new system integrates communications from different agencies across the province, supporting a more coordinated and efficient response and improving first responder safety,” Rempel says.

The County first got into a regional agreement with the MD of Greenview, and the towns of Valleyview, Fox Creek and Grande Cache. That has since been expanded to include Horse Lake First Nation, all fire halls in the County and the
Beaverlodge Peace Officer.

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The City of Grande Prairie joined the system earlier this year.

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