Franklin County's first responders depend on reliable communications systems to relay critical information in real-time during an incident. Today’s wireless communications systems must support all types of response to hazards ranging from tornadoes to terrorism, requiring coordinated participation from agencies at all levels of government. Interoperability, or the ability for emergency responders to communicate among jurisdictions, disciplines, and levels of government, using a variety of frequency bands as needed and as authorized, is vital.
In 2021, FCEM&HS managed the merger of the Franklin County Emergency Communications Radio System with the State of Ohio Multi Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS). The more robust consolidated system increases local service while providing access to local public safety not only in Franklin County, but the surrounding counties and across the state.
The Franklin County Regional Communications Coordinator plays an integral role in providing administrative oversight and management of the communications systems managed or coordinated by FCEM&HS. The administrator assists in the development and maintenance of the Tactical Interoperability Communications (TIC) Plan and is the main contact for Franklin County. The coordinator serves as a liaison to the State of Ohio 911 Coordinator, Franklin County Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPS) as well as multiple other radio system administrators and the Central Ohio Amateur Radio groups.