From Nick Gray, NZFS
The Incident Ground Communications (IGC) radio replacement project is underway, representing movement on a significant theme of your Vision 2020 feedback.
The required budget to progress the project has now been allocated and a tender has been released to select the supplier for our new IGC radio equipment.
IGC Working Group
The IGC Working Group has been created and includes representation from UFBA operations, rural, all regions, PFU, ICT, and USAR.
The IGC Working Group will be responsible for developing practical scenarios to evaluate new IGC equipment, a National IGC radio equipment allocation policy, a training programme and reviewing existing channel plans to support implementation of the new IGC radios.
Evaluation of tenders
Evaluation of tender responses submitted by potential suppliers will begin in late November, with practical scenario testing commencing in January.
The contract for the supply of new radios will then, if a suitable supplier is found, be awarded by 31 March 2016.
While the IGC Working Group has yet to determine the allocation of radios, it is expected 500 will be deployed by 30 June 2016 with the remainder rolled out over the following two years.
We will keep you updated as this project progresses.
For more information including expected benefits, project timeframes, working group members, tender evaluation panel members, agreed radio requirements, the Request for Tender document and FAQs visit the IGC FireNet page:
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Alternatively if you have feedback, questions or concerns, please email IGCRadio.
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