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Public Safety

Communications

Emergency Communication Radios

All public safety personnel were equipped with more than 2,000 new 800MHz radios for emergency communication. The radios that had been in use were no longer in production and were nearing the end of their support life.

These new radios provide those in Marion County the assurance that responding public safety professionals can quickly and accurately communicate.

Cost: $8,185,513

Status: More than 2,000 new radios have been distributed to public safety personnel across the county, including Sheriff's Office, Fire Rescue and Animal Control staff.

First Responders' radio traffic is now fully encrypted to help keep them safe.

800MHz Tower Replacement & Upgrades

Replacement of an 800MHz radio tower in southern Marion County and upgrades to existing equipment. These improvements will increase emergency radio system coverage in southern Marion County.

Cost: $9,820,252

Status: Complete

Consolidated Communications Center Upgrades

Construction of an on-site bunkroom at the CCC. This will be utilized for training purposes as well as providing lodging and bathing facilities for essential emergency staff required to shelter on-site during declarations of emergency.

 

Replacements for all console workstations at the CCC, to ensure emergency personnel are able to receive and disseminate essential information as quickly and accurately as possible.

Cost: $1,096,578.37

Status: Bunkroom is anticipated to be operational by late September or early October. Console workstations were replaced in mid-July 2019.

Backup Emergency Operations Center

Construction of a backup public safety answering point / disaster recovery site, which will provide a scaled replication of the primary communications center should that site go offline, and ensure continuity of emergency dispatch service should that site go offline or an evacuation of the primary location be required.

Cost: $1,173,045.31

Status: These facilities are expected to be operational by late September or early October.

Marion County Board of County Commissioners

 

601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala, FL 34471

352-438-2300
marioncountyfl.org

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