Miami-Dade Fire Rescue buys dispatch services
A Reston, Va.-based mobile satellite communications firm said the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Urban Search and Rescue team has chosen its voice and radio-dispatch services as a component of its new command vehicle design.

Mobile Satellite Ventures said the Miami-Dade USAR team will equip their new tactical command vehicles with MSV voice, data and radio dispatch capabilities. The company did not say how much the county will pay for the products.

MSV said its two-way wireless dispatch radio service covers North and Central America, the Caribbean, parts of South America and up to 250 miles offshore.

"All of these vehicles are going to have MSV equipment on them because that is the standard for us now," says Justin Wasilkowski, a 19-year firefighting veteran and member of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Tactical Communications Group. "A major advantage of MSV radio talk groups is interoperability, which enables us to increase interoperability with other fire departments and state agencies. Going forward as we look to provide support to the Department of Homeland Security, interoperability, redundancy and cross-agency coordination will be extremely important, and MSV helps us with all three."

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue USAR team includes rescue specialists, structural engineers, K-9 unit handlers, hazardous material experts, medical personnel and logistics staff who are deployed to earthquakes, hurricanes, plane crashes and other domestic and international disasters each year.