Improving communication for first responders along the Canada–U.S. border
October 21, 2014 – Ottawa – Industry Canada
Industry Minister James Moore today announced that the Government of Canada and the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have reached an agreement that will help emergency responders from Canada, including police officers, firefighters and paramedics, do critical work to enhance the safety of citizens living along the Canada–U.S. border. Public safety officials from Canada will be able to use their radios in border areas in the U.S. and vice versa.
This agreement is needed to reflect new technologies such as handheld devices, and it supports improved communication for emergency responders operating across the border.
This agreement also eliminates the need for each country to issue permits to public safety officials crossing the border as long as the radios they use are licensed in their country of origin.
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