Overview

The Alberta First Responders Radio Communications System (AFRRCS) is a two-way radio network for first responders in municipal, provincial and First Nations agencies across the province. The Alberta government is funding the network’s construction, operation and maintenance, and it became operational on July 1, 2016.

Public safety agencies using AFRRCS

Public safety agencies using AFRRCS include:

  • first responders, such as police, fire and ambulance services
  • secondary responders, such as public works and public transit

Agencies using AFRRCS are able to:

  • fully coordinate joint responses to emergency scenes
  • improve and integrate radio communication among first responders from different agencies
  • reduce the cost of radio system infrastructure
  • use robust, resilient radio technology in day-to-day operations

Public safety agencies are encouraged to use AFRRCS, but their participation is voluntary.

First responder agencies are eligible to use the system on a no-cost basis. Secondary responders are able to use the system with a fee, which is scalable according to usage.

Permitted radio list

Only the radios on the permitted radio list are allowed to be used on AFRRCS.

This regularly updated list contains all the P25-compliant radios that AFRRCS has successfully tested for:

  • delivering seamless operation
  • meeting first responders' basic communication and safety requirements

View the AFRRCS Permitted Radio List.

Publications

AFRRCS Agency Handbook

Contact AFRRCS

Hours: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

780-643-1695

310-0000 (toll-free in Alberta)

afrrcs.consultant@gov.ab.ca

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