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Patterson Marks Completion of Countywide Interoperable Radio System

Public Date: 5/2/2011 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Oakland County Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

What:  
What do the Ford Wixom Plant shooting and the West Bloomfield Tapper's robbery have in common? First responders from several agencies who arrived at each scene were unable to coordinate their efforts because they lacked a common radio communication system. That issue has now been solved.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will be joined by Novi Police Chief and CLEMIS Chair David Molloy, Oakland County Commissioner William Dwyer and Harris Radio PSPC President Stephen Marschilok to mark the completion of the countywide interoperable radio system. They also will celebrate the radio system's 10,000,000th radio call since it began to be implemented.

The OakWin radio system will allow local police and fire agencies to communicate among each other and with agencies in bordering counties including Michigan State Police using one common radio system. First responders from numerous agencies now can communicate with each other on runs ranging from routine calls to major events such as a severe weather disaster or a manhunt.
 
Visuals:  
A demonstration of the radio system among various agencies. Police patrol car, fire engine and EMS rig with respective crews. Police and fire dispatch center.
 
Interview Opportunities:    
Two officers from neighboring departments who used the OakWin radio system to capture a man who robbed an elderly couple. Dozens of local police chiefs and fire chiefs will be on site.
 
When:   
2:00 p.m. Wednesday May 4th, 2011
 
Where:  
Robert W. Grusnick Public Safety Building (Auburn Hills Police Department) parking lot, 1899 North Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326

For further information, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County Media and Communications Officer, at 248-858-1048.