Manitoba's emergency radio system to be replaced by Bell Mobility

THOMPSON, Man. — The outdated and unreliable emergency radio system used by Manitoba's police, paramedics and firefighters is being replaced.

Premier Brian Pallister announced on Wednesday that Bell Mobility was selected for a new digital two-way mobile radio system costing about $380 million.

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He says first responders had complained the old system, called FleetNet, had ongoing issues with outages and many replacement parts were not manufactured anymore.

Last year the province was actually sourcing parts on eBay.

The new system will be implemented over three years and include expanded coverage, radios with GPS to track location and compatibility with systems outside the province.

Bell will be responsible for the end-to-end service delivery and the ownership and operation of towers, radios and antennae.

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