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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Campbell County Board of Supervisors Approves Transition to Regional Radio System

BOS Approves Radio

At their March 3 regular meeting the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Campbell County Public Safety’s transition to a regional radio system, replacing the aging stand-alone system currently in use. 

Upon review and ranking of RFPs for individual radio platform options, in comparison to coverage and costs associated with the regional system, the Board opted for inclusion on the Regional Radio Board and its L3 Harris P25 system capabilities. This secured a long-term cost savings for the locality, as well as expanded coverage in gap areas, better overall functionality and beneficial signal compatibility with neighboring jurisdictions.  

“Joining the regional radio system will significantly upgrade communications and coverage for our emergency response teams in the field,” said Tracy Fairchild, Campbell County Director of Public Safety. “We have frugally used the existing system to the best of our abilities to keep it operational – however, it’s near the end of its functionality. The reliability and compatibility of joining the regional network will give our first responders the updated tools they need to more effectively and safely serve our residents. We greatly appreciate the Board’s efforts in supporting this transition.”   

To fund this radio replacement project, the Board of Supervisors authorized staff to proceed with securing the required low-interest government loans for multiple capital initiatives, including the Public Safety radio system as well as a Rustburg Middle School construction project.  Capital costs for the radio system project are slated at approximately $5.9 million, plus annual operating costs. 

“Staff and the Board have committed much time and research to determine the best radio communication solution to serve our residents’ emergency response needs. The Board’s decision to join the Regional Radio platform not only moves our Public Safety communications forward, but also secures a higher quality system for our volunteers and public safety personnel for years to come,”  said Frank Rogers, Campbell County Administrator. “I am very pleased with our Board’s continued support and desire to invest in Public Safety initiatives that have a direct benefit to our citizenry.”    

Staff anticipate the new system’s integration to be complete in 2021.