Running parallel to the mobile radio installation, the first batch of portable radios originally deployed in early 2011 have been quickly replaced with an improved version of the new portables.
The newer, enhanced version of the P25 Tait portable radio has improved water-shedding performance as well as optimised software. The deployment of the remainder of the new portable fleet is gathering pace and in the home stretch according to Radio Replacement Project Director Doug Booth.
“More than 2,000 portables and associated accessories have recently been deployed. Our objective is to have more than 5,000 portables delivered to our brigades by the middle of June this year,” said Doug.
Three teams are currently installing and deploying both portable and mobile radios in CFA.
Radio installation teams are nearing completion in District 6 installing mobiles and distributing portables. District 11 has commenced and will be followed by District 18 commencing at the end of February.
Another team continues deploying in District 22 until completion in early March, following on with District 17, which will run until mid April. District 16 will commence in mid April until late May.
A separate portable deployment team is covering most districts in the State that already have Tait mobiles installed. They are quickly going district by district, spending a week or so in each, deploying portables and accessories, and collecting old Motorola portables.
The Radio Replacement team expects the majority of brigades will be covered by mid May.
CFA members can learn more about the Radio Replacement Program and training videos can be viewed at