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IDAS™ Increases Coverage, Promotes Safety and Future-Proofs Communication for Regional Volunteer Fire Districts and EMS

Located in the state known as the "Crossroads of America," Indiana’s Spencer County accommodates major highways and rail routes as well as access to large metropolitan areas within a day’s drive. Spencer County has a total area of roughly 401 square miles and is home to over 20,000 residents. The area’s population is served by nine volunteer fire departments and emergency medical units whose workforce totals 245 firefighters and EMS personnel.

Faced with nearly 30-year-old equipment and the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) 2013 narrowbanding mandate, Indiana’s Carter Fire District realized the time had come for Spencer County volunteer fire departments to replace its wideband communications system. "The existing system was over 27 years old and constantly failing for the past year," says Scott Meadors, Assistant Fire Chief for Carter Fire and Grant Writer/Project Manager for Spencer County’s system installation.

Icom’s digital system offered flexibility to meet future narrowbanding standards, met all technical requirements and was selected as Spencer County’s turnkey solution. "Icom radios have the safety features and technical specifications that Spencer County requires," says Charlie McIntyre, Owner of Advanced Radio Communications.

Learn more about Spencer County’s success with Icom radios. (pdf)