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Ottawa County (OH) EMA Selects Simoco Simulcast Paging System for its FD

Date: 2015-09-08
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Fire department paging system upgraded by Cleveland Communications brings reliable alerts and faster response times


The Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in Ottawa County, OH has upgraded its fire departments’ paging system to bring more reliable emergency alerts to fire personnel across the County.

The new Simoco simulcast based system supports 250 pagers which will notify fire personnel of emergencies in their respective town, city or township and was provided by Cleveland Communications, Inc. The legacy system was outdated and relied on sending two pages for each call-out to ensure that at least one alert was received by emergency responders. This, coupled with the need to replace aging hardware were the main drivers in the EMA deciding to upgrade the fire paging system.

Simoco’s simulcast technology now provides reliable coverage over the entire county, broadcasting alerts across multiple overlapping sites on the same frequency.

Fred Petersen, Ottawa County EMA director commented: “The new system is light years more advanced when compared to what we were previously working with. When you are dealing with emergencies, you can’t gamble with getting alerts to responders – response times are crucial to saving lives and property. What we have now are clear pages received across Ottawa County for the VHF Fire Paging System, all of the time.”

The system, which went live in July, comprises Simoco Solar 2 analog simulcast technologies which feature Solar-Sync principles of a plug and play digital IP simulcast and voting solution and includes four network interfaces and a traffic manager which then interface with a third party base station and paging network.

Simoco is headquartered in Derby in the UK, and has four regional businesses around the world. For more information on Simoco Americas, see

- Corporate News/ (via Simoco, 9/3/15)



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