Norfolk FRS and Firefighters

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Norfolk FRS award long standing partners Radiocoms Systems Ltd with a contract to deploy a digital radio upgrade across forty two stations

Steve Mulka, Entel, Global Product Manager commented, “Working closely with the team at Norfolk FRS and after a rigorous evaluation process related to fireground trials for suitability the Entel DX485 and DT985 series were found to meet all the required parameters.”

As part of the Fire Services digital transformation plans, several hundred hand portables will modernise Norfolk’s FRS, offering a specification to meet and exceed the hazards they will encounter in their field of operation. Entel’s technical support team have demonstrated their adaptability as an organisation by tailoring the device’s configuration to meet the exact requirements of the brigade, this included:

Audio optimisation for direct lead connection to Draeger COM 5000 – ensuring the best audio clarity and quality in both Digital and Analogue modes when used with Breathing Apparatus. Simplified asset management of the Brigades radios – ensures radios are returned to the correct station/user after a multi-station incident response. Enhanced user interface including custom sounds, voice annunciation and LED behaviour. Other key benefits included the radios extreme ruggedness and IP68 (2-meters for 4-hours) submersibility rating, high-quality loud audio, easy to read OLED display and future-proof design.

Working together, Radiocoms and Entel will continue to provide an ongoing service and support to the Brigade.

Perry Smith, Technical Support Officer, Norfolk FRS Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service have been using Entel devices for their Fireground communications since 2006. In this time, we have progressed through several different models and have found that the quality and performance offered by each of the Entel products to be of a very high standard. Over the last two years, we have been working with Entel to develop a digital product, tailoring the software to specifically meet our requirements as a Fire & Rescue Service.

The DX485 and the intrinsically safe DT985 digital models have been selected for our latest migration and both have been configured to allow us to come in line with National Operational Guidance relating to incident ground communications. This will help to future-proof our inventory of radios, thereby enhancing firefighter safety and ensuring our preparedness for the wide variety of incidents that we attend.

Mark Blythe, Managing Director, Radiocoms Systems Ltd We are delighted to once again support Norfolk Folk on their radio upgrade. Norfolk has been a Radiocoms customer and Entel user for more than 14 years and it was a natural progression for the service to upgrade to the DX and DT series hand portables and utilise the benefits of digital communication on the fireground.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Michelle Williamson .

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