M&C Review


COUNCIL ACTION:  Approved on 9/11/2018 

DATE: 9/11/2018 REFERENCE NO.: **C-28821 LOG NAME: 04SOUTHWESTERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM AGR
CODE: C TYPE: CONSENT PUBLIC HEARING: NO
SUBJECT:   Authorize Execution of a Communications System Agreement with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for Participation in the City of Fort Worth's Public Safety Radio System for Interoperable Communications in Mutual Aid or Other Multi-Agency Operations at No Cost to the City of Fort Worth (ALL COUNCIL DISTRICTS)

RECOMMENDATION:

It is recommended that the City Council authorize the execution of a Communications System Agreement with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for participation in the City of Fort Worth's Public Safety Radio System for interoperable communications in situations involving mutual aid or other multi-agency operations.  

 
DISCUSSION:

The implementation of the Fort Worth Public Safety Radio System included the development of a comprehensive interoperable communications plan for first responders from multiple agencies.

Participation in the plan is open not only to agencies that use the Fort Worth Regional Radio System as their primary communication system, but also to other mutual aid partners, such as Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, that own and maintain their own radio systems for their daily operations but require the ability to communicate with other agencies in mutual aid situations or other multi-agency operations.

The plan provides a common group of communications channels that first responders in Tarrant, Johnson, Dallas, Denton, Parker, Ellis, Palo Pinto, Parker and Grayson counties may access when multiple agencies respond to a single incident.  These channels are used only for communications with other agencies during joint operations.  They are not used for an agency's day-to-day operations.  These channels are accessible to the users of any radio system connected to the Fort Worth Regional Radio System.  More than 130 agencies are able to communicate with one another via these common channels.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has approved a Communications System Agreement with the City of Fort Worth to operate on the interoperable communications channels when required for mutual aid operations only.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will not utilize the Fort Worth Regional Radio System for daily operations, but only when required to communicate with public safety agencies in Fort Worth or other agencies using the Fort Worth Regional Radio System during joint operations.

 
FISCAL INFORMATION/CERTIFICATION:

The Director of Finance certifies that upon approval of the above recommendation this action will have no material effect on City funds.


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Submitted for City Manager's Office by:
Susan Alanis (8180)
Originating Department Head:
Kevin Gunn (2015)
Additional Information Contact:
Alan Girton (8484)
Ron Burke (2655)

 
 
ATTACHMENTS
  Southwestern Baptist Form 1295.pdf