Public Radio Systems Unify into a Regional Authority

Oct. 10, 2013

RWC LogoThe boards of directors for the Regional Wireless Cooperative (RWC) and the Topaz Regional Wireless Cooperative (TRWC), the Phoenix Metropolitan area’s two major public safety radio systems, approved the development of a new governance structure to unify the two systems into a regional Authority.  A governance working group made up of members of both cooperatives has been meeting for nearly a year to evaluate options for improving continuity and maintaining compatibility between the two systems.   The governance working group will report its progress to the joint boards of directors every three to four months, and ultimately provide a framework for the two Boards to consider that will effectively merge the systems for better support of Police and Fire end users across the region.

“The action by the respective boards reflects the city and public safety leaders' priority to provide a safe and sustainable radio system that serves our respective communities and their citizens,” said Steve Campbell, El Mirage Chief of Police and Chair of the RWC.

The RWC and TRWC are separate cooperative bodies formed under intergovernmental agreements whose purpose is to provide seamless, public safety interoperable communications for all of their members.  Membership is open to all local, county, state, tribal and federal government entities, and also is used by public safety support entities such as private ambulance services and hospital emergency rooms.

The RWC and the TRWC are governed and managed by separate and independent boards of directors consisting of one executive representative from each member public safety agency. The boards direct the operation, maintenance, planning, design, implementation and financing of the RWC and TRWC. Membership includes the majority of cities, towns and fire districts in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area.  

“I am pleased we are proceeding with the next steps in the regional governance authority concept and look forward to the full evaluation phases involving all of our stakeholders within the public safety community,” said John Kross, chair of the TRWC.        

The systems have been effectively used to provide interoperable communications for numerous special events in the Phoenix metropolitan area, such as the Fiesta Bowl, BCS football games, the PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open, NASCAR races, and provided the primary public safety infrastructure for the 2008 Super Bowl, 2009 NBA and 2011 MLB All Star games.

Additionally, the systems are commonly used for coordinating the movements and security of government officials, including presidential visits.

More information about the RWC and TRWC is available on the attached fact sheet or by visiting rwcaz.org/ and topazrwc.org.

 

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