New Statewide Interoperable Communications System Moves Forward
On June 5, 2012, Governor Martin O’Malley made the ceremonial first call on the Maryland First Responders Interoperable Radio System Team or “Maryland FiRST”, the new statewide 700 MHz radio system that will connect Maryland’s first responders on one secure radio system. “There is no more important work in our country today than the work of first responders. For the last 10 years, together, we have been pursuing – first in Baltimore, then in the State as a whole – 12 Core Capacities to improve homeland security,” said Governor O’Malley. “The first in those 12 Capacities is having an interoperable communications system that works every day to connect the men and women on the front lines. Today has been a long time coming, and it’s a significant step forward for connecting all of Maryland’s first responders to enable them to share information and help us create a more resilient Maryland."