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Posted on: November 19, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Bloomfield Police, Fire, EMS Upgrade to State of the Art Radio and Communications Systems


BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The entire Bloomfield Police and Fire Departments, and emergency medical services are now equipped with state of the art radios and a system interface that can hold up in the event of an unexpected radio blackout. 

These system upgrades, to what is known as a 7/800 mhz digital trunking system, cost approximately $2.8 million dollars, which was paid for with the Township of Bloomfield’s capital budget. Individuals on these radios, and in Fire and Police Headquarters, can access more frequencies to communicate with partnering law enforcement and EMS agencies. Localities that do not have the latest radio frequencies will be able to hear, but not transmit back, to units on the system. 

“This is a sizable investment from our capital budget, but one which simply had to be made to bring our police, fire and EMS response systems up to the very best standards, anywhere. Now, we know that these departments will be able to communicate effectively to save lives, even if the unexpected happens,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “This equipment will also help during more standard emergency situations, like when our officers are working with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, or our firefighters are working with other local departments and ambulances.” 

“These state-of-the-art Apex 8000 radios are nearly impossible to hack into. They are secure and will allow us to communicate with other law enforcement, EMS and government agencies on assigned wavelengths when collaborating on cases, or even in the event of a natural disaster, or mass terrorist attack,” said Director of Public Safety Samuel DeMaio. “Hurricane Sandy was a wake up call for a lot of police and fire departments. We had trouble communicating with one another, so we couldn’t optimize our use of services. Now, with state of the art radios, we will be able to hear and be heard by all surrounding partner organizations.” 

“These new radios have far superior coverage to older models and systems commonly used. Whenever entering a burning building, there is a chance of losing communications ability with the units inside or outside, but with this upgraded system, we can eliminate these concerns,” said Fire Chief Louis Venezia. “Interoperability is the most important thing in the post 9/11 world. In the event of a disaster, all Fire, Police, and EMS responders with systems like ours in Bloomfield can communicate on secure channels.”

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