Emergency Dispatch Radio Updates

The Montgomery County Department of Public Safety’s emergency dispatch system is at a critical juncture. A large portion of the equipment and infrastructure, and nearly all of the police radios, have reached the end of their useful life, with parts and service no longer available from the manufacturer.

Montgomery County is committed to providing our residents, and the first responders who protect them, with highly professional, well-coordinated public safety services. At the core of that mission is the ability to field calls from the public when they have an emergency, quickly and efficiently relay that critical information to police, fire, and EMS agencies, and provide them with the support they need to safely respond.

Early in 2012, the Montgomery County Commissioners appointed Commissioner Bruce L. Castor, Jr. to head up an advisory committee made up of police, fire, EMS, other public safety entities and municipal officials to guide the process.

Based on that process, the Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday, December 20, 2012 to enter into a $29.9 million contract with Motorola Solutions, Inc. to replace the county’s emergency dispatch radio system. The commissioners additionally agreed to a $9.882 million contract with Motorola for a 10-year maintenance contract for the system. The Commissioners approved a change order on September 10, 2015 to the original contract in the amount of $6.5 million, boosting the total to $36.4 million.

Below is a series of publicly issued updates on the process, with the most recent at the top and descending in chronological order.
Below is a series or updates on the tower site acquisition and construction process descending in chronological order, with the most recent at the bottom.
Public Safety Letter to Upper Merion Township Supervisors  
Deadline for County Financing Program
July 2, 2015
Deadline for Purchasing Radios Using Discount Pricing
July 9, 2015
County Financing Plan Update for Municipalities
July 16, 2015
Radio Purchasing Update - Discount Pricing Available
July 23, 2015
Motorola Announces Radio Price Increase
July 30, 2015
Budgeting For Radio System Upgrade
August 5, 2015
Radio System Progress Report
August 13, 2015
New Radio Purchasing Procedures
August 27, 2015
Contract Briefing For Municipal Officials
September 3, 2015
Montco Commissioners Enter Contract With Motorola
September 17, 2015
Motorola Proposal Analysis Memo
October 1, 2015
Report To The Commissioners, Sept. 20, 2012
October 21, 2015
Online Survey Receives Strong Response
October 28, 2015
Meetings With Consultant Scheduled
November 5, 2015
County Commissioners Hire Consultant
November 12, 2015
Radio Committee Holds First Meeting
December 3, 2015
Committee/Subcommittee Members
December 10, 2015
The Committee's Charge

History of Montgomery County's Emergency Dispatch Radio System