The City of Fort Worth (City) maintains Agreements to provide access to its two-way radio system by other public safety agencies in Tarrant, Johnson, Dallas, Denton, Parker, Ellis, Palo Pinto and Grayson counties. In return for this access, external agencies help offset the City's expenses through the payment of annual fees. In addition, access to the Fort Worth Public Safety Radio System by multiple jurisdictions enhances the ability of emergency responders to communicate with one another when responding to incidents.
In April 2018, Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Bell Helicopter) approved a Communications System Agreement to operate on the City's Public Safety Radio System. Bell Helicopter will provide its own radios and dispatch center, but will utilize the City's radio infrastructure for its public safety communications.
Bell Helicopter also approved a Radio Subscriber Support Agreement under which the City will install, configure, program, maintain and repair Bell Helicopter's two-way radios and other emergency response equipment. The City's performance of these additional services will not impact its ability to meet City department requirements. It will, however, provide additional external revenues to help support the Public Safety Communications System. The Subscriber Support Agreement will also ensure that the equipment supporting the users of the City's radio system is operating within manufacturer specifications, which is a critical requirement of the digital technology used with the City's Public Safety Communications System.
To ensure the software levels of the radio system remain current and under support, the City will utilize a Motorola System Upgrade Agreement that encompasses all external agencies that maintain dispatch consoles. The use of a single Software Agreement to cover all users results in a 14 percent discount in the cost for all agencies, including the City. If applicable, Bell Helicopter will reimburse the City for its portion of the System Upgrade Agreement. Estimated annual revenue is $12,000.00.