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The Firelink project has been set up to replace radio technology used by Fire and Rescue Services in England, Scotland and Wales. It aims to improve communications between a response team and the Control Room during and after an incident and also to support communications with other emergency services.
What are the aims of Firelink?
Firelink is sponsored by Communities and Local Government, the Scottish Executive and the Welsh Assembly. After the attacks on the United States in September 2001, a review took place of the communications within and between our emergency services. In 2002, Firelink was set up to provide the first single wide communications system for Fire and Rescue Services across Great Britain.
The new system will be rolled out to the 46 fire and rescue services in England, eight in Scotland, three in Wales and two fire colleges. It will enable fire vehicles to work beyond their area and still communicate easily with other emergency services and the Control Room. It allows better voice quality and improved security and provides a greater capability for the emergency services to work together.
The Firelink project will deliver for England, Scotland and Wales:
For Scotland and Wales, the Firelink project will additionally deliver:
For England only, the Firelink project will also deliver:
What are the benefits of Firelink
Who is working on the project?
When will the project be completed?
For the purposes of rolling out Firelink, Fire and Rescue Services have been grouped into regions: England is split into nine regions broadly reflecting the Government Office boundaries; Scotland and Wales are each being treated as individual regions.
Rollout will be delivered on a phased basis across these regions. The order was developed following consultation with the Fire and Rescue Service and, in England, coordination with the FiReControl project. For more details about the phases of the rollout or the Firelink project please visit www.frsonline.gov.uk.