Shareholders in the Capital Region Emergency Telecommunications system have approved a $24.5-millon upgrade and loan.
The CREST system is used by the region’s various emergency services agencies, including the Victoria Police Department, Esquimalt Fire Rescue and Victoria Fire Department.
The current system, which has been in use since 2003, is nearing the end of its life, say CREST officials.
The new funding will be used to install new transmitters/receivers, convert existing sites, purchase new radios and take the system to P25.
“We are very much looking forward to the implementation of the new 700 MHz system and its significant benefits for public safety,” said Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner.
This will be the third major investment since CREST was formed 15 years ago.
“P25 will make radio communications within and between agencies more effective, efficient and reliable,” said Gordie Logan, CREST chair.