Fire set to become third emergency service on network.(FIRE 2005 Review)

FIRELINK, THE PROCURING BODY for the national communications contract, confirmed that 02 Airwave, subject to satisfactory completion of final contract details, has been successful in its bid to equip all fire and rescue services throughout England with a new resilient and secure voice and data communications service. The company will work with the Fire[ink ODPM team to conclude final. contract matters in the near future.

The announcement comes prior to contract award, which is expected before the end of the year. A framework is being created for the scheme that provides the devolved administrations with an option to extend the service to Scotland and Wales.

Jeff Parris, Vice President for O2 Airwave, said: "Today's announcement gives us an opportunity to prove that we can provide the nation's Fire Services with the very best in communications. …

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