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Departmental Annual Report

Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what high risk items were identified in Firelink and replaced, as referred to on page 45 of her Department's annual report for 2006. (115705)

The items are listed in the following table. The Firelink operational continuity programme involves safeguarding those elements of the existing fire and rescue service's ageing radio systems, identified through a risk-assessment process as being at a high risk of failure, until replacement by the new national Firelink digital radio system. Most of this legacy equipment is in excess of 15 years old.

Replacement of equipment in OpCon Phase 1

Legacy equipment—high risk

Replacement equipment


HS400 Frequency Reference

Dalman Satsync Frequency Reference


Pye RLA simulcast control equipment

Dalman Cosmos 4 control equipment


Marconi/Pye Base Station

PMR Products K4 Base Station


Various voting system

PRN4004 voting system


Remote control for paging

Paging switch


Various VHF and UHF link

Tait T800 VHP and UHF link


Mobile radio (various)

PMR products or Cleartone radio


FL5000 Microwave Link

Westica Microwave Link


Note: Original equipment has been replaced with same functionality equipment where possible.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much the fire safety campaigns targeted at ethnic communities to which she refers on page 62 of her Department's annual report for 2006 cost. (115708)

Communities and Local Government invested £120,000 in the 2006 fire safety campaign targeted at ethnic communities.