Franklin County Emergency Communications System Oversight Committee


The Franklin County Emergency Communications System Oversight Committee oversees construction and maintenance of a regional interoperable communications system linking police, fire, emergency medical services, and dispatch communications throughout and beyond the Franklin County region. Committee membership consists of a representative from the Franklin County Police Chiefs Association, the Franklin County Fire Chiefs Association, the Franklin County Emergency Medical Services Committee, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments Executive Committee, Tri-State Fire Mutual Aid, Shelburne Dispatch Control, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The Committee meets monthly.

Radio System Trouble
If you experience an issue while using the radio system in Franklin County, please use this Radio System Trouble Ticket to let us know. The radio system manager will contact you within 48 hours to confirm that he is working on the issue you reported.

Franklin County Emergency Communication System:

UPDATED March 28, 2019:

In February FRCOG representatives met with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) along with our State and Federal legislative delegation in Northampton. The goal for this meeting was to increase EOPSS’ commitment to bringing on Franklin County’s public safety stakeholders to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Interoperable Radio System. At that meeting, EOPSS reiterated that they understood  Franklin County’s issues with its current system and is working to make us a priority. In March the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security sent FRCOG the statement of work for the engineering study that is need for the project to move forward. EOPSS made numerous changes to the original document. Those changes made it clear that Franklin County is included in the engineering study and for the vendor to make us a priority when developing the schedule.

The FRCOG was recently told that a vendor, Mission Critical Partners, was selected and a kick off meeting was held. A that meeting the statement of work for the CoMIRS project was reviewed and updated. Franklin County figured prominently in the edits to the original statement of work. This means that the engineering study will include how the current state radio system will need to be altered to bring Franklin County public safety stakeholders onto CoMIRS. You can read the statement of work by clicking on this Link.

In the coming months the public safety community and town officials will need to decide on the future of emergency communications in Franklin County. To put it bluntly, the current system is failing. It is not meeting the communication needs for those who protect us. In an effort to inform you on the current situation prior to making this very important decision, please review the newest fact/update sheet by clicking on this link.

Sample FCECS Assessment Costs if Bonding for New System

Related Documents

Oversight Committee Operating Procedures
System Policies

Meeting Minutes
FCECS Minutes from January 2019
FCECS Minutes December 2018
FCECS Minutes November 2018
FCECS Minutes October 2018
FCECS Minutes September 2018
FCECS Minutes August 2018
FCECS Minutes July 2018
FCECS Minutes June 2018
FCECS Minutes from May 2018
FCECS Minutes April 2018
FCECS Minutes from March 2018
FCECS Minutes February 2018
FCECS Minutes January 2018

For older minutes, please contact Dan Nietsche. Meeting agendas are posted on the Meetings & Events calendar on the date of the meeting.