Emergency services staff, volunteers and the public will be safer. Staff and volunteers can have greater peace of mind knowing their location and status will be able to be tracked.
The Public Safety Network will provide emergency services with more reliable and resilient coverage to respond to emergencies throughout New Zealand.
Fire and Emergency, Police, St John and Wellington Free Ambulance currently use different communication systems. The Public Safety Network will provide a common capability enabling them to communicate with each other more effectively to resolve emergency incidents.
The Public Safety Network will provide the potential for services like video, messaging and data services to be used alongside voice capability.
New ways of working
The new services can improve frontline responders' situational awareness and enable new ways of working, e.g. telemedicine could allow patients to be treated in situ rather than going to hospital.