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Hampshire FRS backs Motorola to support firefighter comms

Matteo Natalucci Published 27 July 2017

Hampshire emergency services to deploy Motorola WAVE to connect digital radio system with TETRA technology

Hampshire FRS will deploy 1,000 MOTOTRBO radios and WAVE 5000 mobile communicator service solutions to its 1,800 fire service operators.

The MOTOTRBO radios will replace the Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) equipment and provide firefighters with a range of new features such as push-to-talk, integrated accelerometers for man-down protection, Bluetooth, GPS, and Wi-Fi.

Hampshire FRS will also adopt Motorola’s WAVE 5000 product, which will enable its command support vehicles simultaneous access to both the TETRA network Airwave and the Hampshire’s own DMR talk group.

"The safety of our local Hampshire citizens and wellbeing of our firefighters is of paramount importance to the fire service, which is why we have chosen to upgrade our communications equipment to an advanced digital system. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service aims to be fully digital by August 2017," said Peter Clarke, station manager operational technologies.

He added: "As a fire and rescue service we cover 1,455 square miles of the country, protecting millions of Hampshire residents and visitors. We require a communication service that could provide an enhanced level of safety, clarity, and functionality that is simple and intuitive to use so that our teams can concentrate on our primary objective: responding to incidents and protecting the public. We want our firefighters to have the best possible technology to feel equipped to deliver excellence in their roles."

Motorola Solutions MSSSI vice president Phil Jefferson said, "We launched the MOTOTRBO Professional Digital Two-Way Radio System 10 years ago. Since then it has gone from strength to strength as we have added new features in response to feedback from our customers. We are now on our third generation of devices, and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is an example of how public safety organisations are turning to the MOTOTRBO range to connect teams effortlessly and efficiently wherever they work, driving workforce productivity and most importantly safety."

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