92 Ohltown Road Austintown, OH 44515
Austintown Boardman Radio System is now on-line.
January 30, 2013
A Motorola P25 digital 800 MHz trunking system was turned on today and will serve both
Townships public safety communications needs for many years to come.
The old radio systems in both Townships were unreliable, antiquated,
beyond repair and by FCC mandate had to be replaced.
The cost of this new system was shared between both Townships thus
effectively providing each Township with the capabilities of a $1.6
million dollar radio system for half the cost.
Please check back later for updates to this page and photos of the new
Want to learn a little more about calling 911 then
click here to
read an article from the APCO Public Safety Communications Magazine
(reprinted with the author's permission).
Primary Dispatch Console
The Communications division of Austintown Township
currently employs 7 full-time dispatchers. At any particular time
there may be one or two Dispatchers on duty to simultaneously handle all the duties
The main communications backbone, placed into service in 1988, for the Township
including Police, Fire, Road and Maintenance Departments is a Motorola 800 MHz trunked
radio system consisting of 5 repeaters located at the tower site on Barrington Drive,
two console positions in the Dispatch center and base stations located at the Fire,
Road and Maintenance Departments. Our radios are capable of transmitting, on average,
a signal that reaches out about 60 miles. We are the only government entity in Mahoning
County making use of the advanced capabilities of a trunked radio system.
- Answering emergency and non-emergency phone calls. These calls can come
in on any of 22 phone lines (four 911 and eighteen 10-digit lines). Since
2003 the four 911 lines alone generated an average of 18,000 phone calls per
year. The other lines about 37,000 calls for a total of approximately 55,000
phone calls received per year.
- Answer routine questions from the public relating to the Police and Fire
Departments as well as completely unrelated questions because people simply
didn't know who else to call.
- Prioritizing and relaying necessary information to Police, Fire and EMS
personnel via phone and/or radio.
- Monitor and respond to any of 7 radio channels.
- Enter calls for service into a CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system and
retrieve information previously entered into the system.
- Input and retrieve data into the statewide LEADS (Law Enforcement Automated
Data System) and the nationwide NCIC (National Crime Information Center) computer
systems. The Dispatchers can inquire into law enforcement systems in other countries
including Canada and Mexico as well as access to Interpol (the worlds largest
international police organization) data.
- Greeting and assisting people that walk into the police station.
- Deputy Clerk of Court functions such as taking bonds and committing people
- Monitor 16 video cameras inside and outside the Police station.With experience
ranging from 2 to 24 years of experience our Dispatchers have handled just about
anything you could imagine and probably some things you would not want to imagine;
but that is part of the appeal of Dispatching as a career. The job remains interesting
even after many years because you never know what the next call will bring.
Click here to see some
closer views of the Dispatch Equipment
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