The Alberta First Responders Radio Communication System (AFRRCS) will be a province-wide radio communication system meant for all first responders. While first developed to replace the current RCMP communications system, allowing access to all will increase public safety and communication province-wide.
In 2011, after a number of delays, a contract was signed to construct the system. In 2011, a governance committee will be established to operate the system and put policies in place for its operation. the AAMDC will advocate for municipal representation on this committee. The build-out will take place over 2012 and 2013, utilizing existing towers as well as some new towers. There will be no requirement for municipalities to use the system, but they will be able to take part if they so choose.
As the system is begins the build-out phase, the AAMDC will be looking at ways to assist our membership in using the opportunity brought with the new towers. Future projects will be considered to assist with the transition.