St John Ambulance in Australia migrates to P25 with Simoco

Nationwide Australian event and emergency health service selects customised P25 portable two-way radios

St John Ambulance in Australia migrates to P25 with Simoco

St John Ambulance in Australia, the country’s largest provider of first aid services, training and equipment, is replacing its ageing UHF portable and mobile radios with a customised P25 solution from Simoco Group.

Over 200 P25 ready SRP9170 portables and SRM9030 mobile radios have already been installed, with over 500 to be replaced as a result of the ACMA 400 MHz band review.

These radios are a critical part of the St John National Communications (Natcomms) Plan, a nationwide interoperable communications framework which supports volunteer first aid and health services at local events, mass gatherings and during emergencies.

The St John Natcomms Plan, which was established in 2008, includes a standard national radio frequency allocation, call-sign structure and call-taking and dispatch system. 

The new Simoco P25 portables, designed specifically to address St John Ambulance requirements, feature customised St John Ambulance branding, custom asset engraving and a continuous rotating nob for simplified channel selection.

Importantly, the TU Frequency Band (400-480 MHz) in both the SRP9170 and SRM9030 radios cover the full range of St John Natcomms UHF channels. Over 10,000 St John volunteer first aiders, nurses, paramedics and doctors across Australia will benefit from the terminals.

“After field trialling Simoco’s portable radios, it was evident the technology would be the most suitable replacement for our redundant UHF portable radios,” said Peter Mill, a senior St John volunteer and network architect for Natcomms.

“Simoco successfully met our technical specification and operating requirements including frequency range, channel capacity and provision of a fully rotating channel switch, plus custom artwork and engraving. Now fully operational, we are confident that our thousands of volunteers are well equipped to deliver a first class first aid service.”

Active for over 130 years, St John Ambulance in Australia is a self-funding, charitable organisation active in all states and territories. The Simoco radios run on the St John networks in each state, with the capability to operate on Government Radio Networks (GRN), which operate through inter-linked sites for government and public services such as police, ambulance and fire and enable state wide trunked radio communication.

SRP9170 portable radios are supplied with remote speaker microphones and SRM9030 mobile radios are installed in fleet vehicles, many combining a dual UHF-VHF transceiver combination through the DMAP option board to a single head.

Robert Meachem, general manager at Simoco Australasia, said: “Last year alone, St John volunteer first aiders and health professionals provided over four million hours of services at events and during emergencies around Australia.

“The charitable organisation is regularly relied upon to provide efficient first aid and health services in a range of scenarios. With Simoco’s P25 radios, St John volunteers now have better communications tools to provide these life saving services.”


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