We learned many things as responders from the
events of 9/11. One of the hardest lessons we learned is that
most emergency responders were unable to speak to one another
at ground zero. While emergency responders that usually worked
together could speak to each other, the responders that came to
Ground Zero found that the radios that they brought with them
weren't able to communicate with any of the other
agencies! This problem of communications made an already
terrible situation much worse.
The State of
Indiana began a mission to eliminate the problems of multiple
agencies communicating with one another at the scene of a disaster.
Project "Hoosier Safe-T" (Safety Acting for Everyone - Together) was
born. The goal; to develop a radio system that would allow an
emergency responder from any part of the state to speak to any other
emergency responder anywhere in the state! 800 MHz radios were
chosen because of their versatility and ability to "trunk" multiple
responders speaking on the same frequency. The system is nearing
completion statewide and has been used in many real disaster and
training exercises. The consensus of all the agencies using the
system is unanimous. The system works better than
expected with fewer glitches.
EMS personnel were give several 800 MHz radios as part of a
grant that EMA Director Jack White received from the state. The
picture you see above is an example of the radios in use here in
Owen County and across the state. These radios allow us to talk with
other agencies anywhere in the state at the touch of a button!
We were recently
informed by EMA Director White that he has received additional grant
money from the state and will be purchasing additional portable and
mobile radios for OCEMS as well as other agencies in the county.
For Additional information of Project
Safe-T follow this link to the State of Indiana website at www.in.gov/ipsc/