The Radio Interoperability Oversight Committee began in the summer of 2009 to address the concerns that were being raised regarding radios being purchased by Marathon County for local law enforcement and emergency response personnel. After the events of 9/11 and Katrina, the federal government is requiring that all emergency government response be P-25 compliant by January 1, 2013 to ensure radio interoperability when an emergency requires the resources of many emergency response organizations.
To meet these federal requirements Marathon County is in the process of constructing and/or upgrading its towers to create greater radio coverage throughout the county during emergency. As a part of this project Marathon County made a commitment to purchase P-25 complaint radios for local law enforcement and emergency response personnel including the local public works departments to ensure radio interoperability when an emergency requires the resources of many emergency response organizations. The purchase of these radios began with OJA grants earlier this year. After the initial radios were disbursed several concerns were raised by the end users which led to meetings with the Police Chiefs and Fire Chiefs. As a result of these meetings a list of issues were complied and the Radio Interoperability Oversight Committee was formed to both address the issues and open communications between about the project.
The committee meets every two weeks to address ongoing issues, identify new issues, plan for the implementation and cut over to the new tower system in 2010; and determine what and how to best communicate with local agencies about issues and the tower construction project. Current members include: Brad Karger (County Administrator), Deb Hager (Deputy County Administrator), Dan Hoenecke (Tower Construction Project Coordinator), Bob Pound (Fire Chiefs Representative), Capt. Dave Mason (Sheriff’s Department), Lt. Jason Plaza (Sheriff’s Dept.), Chief Deputy Scott Parks, Sheriff Hoenisch, Phil Rentmeester (Wausau Fire Department Deputy Chief), Police Chief Wally Sparks (Everest Metro), Jeff Koppa (Highway Department), Ed Gale (County Board) and Meldon Maguire (Rural EMS Representative), Jerome Boettcher (Emergency Govt. Planner). This meeting is open to anyone who would like to attend.
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The subjects listed below are resources for information, background, and help in use of the radios as well as the status of the tower communications project.
If you would like information added to this site or have questions please contact:
Lt. Jason Plaza / Marathon County Sheriff's Department, email@example.com
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