Rescue Services in Finland using Sepura TETRA radios
The Länsi-Uusimaa Department for Rescue Services in Finland is using TETRA and Sepura radios following an upgrade of their communications system.
The department supplies fire fighting, fire prevention, and rescue and civil defence services to the region. It also provide emergency care and ambulance services to local municipalities. The main driver for the migration to VIRVE, the Finnish national TETRA network, was the upgrade of the department’s obsolete communications equipment for smoke-diving and data transmissions. Sepura’s mobile radios have been incorporated in the fire station’s alarm system and installed in vehicles and command rescue units, while hand-portables were supplied to the smoke-diving rescue units responsible for attending actual blazes.Sepura TETRA radios are now used for regular fire and rescue operations: from voice communications to fleet mapping and short data messaging. They have also been integrated in the Public Warning system and manage the public announcements through the TETRA network. The Department also uses Sepura radios for resources management and mobilisation via the professional fire station alarm system and as a gateway for the paging of the volunteer fire brigade. Importantly, Sepura gateway radios have extended the network capabilities into underground and woodland areas.Sepura hand-portable radios have also been installed in volunteer fire brigade tankers and are connected to a status terminal and navigator to pinpoint incident locations for the Emergency Response Centre. The department uses Sepura terminals also for all training and development purposes.