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FIVE YEAR CONTRACT: Council to replace ageing staff radios

FIVE YEAR CONTRACT: Council to replace ageing staff radios

Redcar and Cleveland Council is spending more than £123,000 on a five year contract to equip staff with new two-way radios

Redcar and Cleveland Council is spending more than £123,000 on a five-year contract to equip staff with new two-way radios.

The council said the current system being used was more than ten years old and in “desperate need of upgrading”.

A delegated decision report explaining the outlay said: “Communication has suffered through the deterioration of our current provision and the existing units are beyond economical repair so a replacement would be required in the near future.

“Good communications are vital for departments in our authority and clear, efficient and instant communication saves time and cost by ensuring we are able to contact crews and drivers across the borough without delay.

“The lack of emergency contact with our staff puts them and residents at risk.”

The new five year contract with Middlesbrough-based Eemits Communications will upgrade the existing two way system in use and also cover the cost of software and all licences.

The cost will be split between departmental budgets for waste and recycling,  and transport.

The council said the option of replacing two-way radios with mobile phones had been considered, but they did not offer reliable borough-wide coverage, while staff were also concerned it may lead to inappropriate use while driving.

The report added: “This upgrade will offer greater efficiencies and response times through improved communication with our staff.

“It will also improve the safety of our staff and service users as they will be immediately able to relay messages and seek support when required.

“The improved communication will improve morale across our staff demonstrating that we are listening to their concerns.”

 

Words: Stuart Arnold, Local Democracy Reporter


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