Those who attended the FEMA sponsored meetings clearly recall guidance indicating that the purchase of communications equipment would only be approved for the purchase of P25 equipment (pagers excluded).
In the 2009 grant application instructions, numerous references are made to the requirement that all communications equipment purchases must be in compliance with applicable State interoperability communications plans. We can't speak for all States, but we can share some information that is applicable in the State of Alabama and possibly elsewhere as well.
If you are considering purchasing communications equipment with federal grant funds, we invite you to call on us. To help you get started, we have prepared generic P25 specifications on repeaters, mobiles, and portables that can assist you in making sure that you get compliant P25 equipment when you go to bid. (See www.info4u.us/P25BidSpecs.pdf). We hope you will include us as a potential vendor. Our vendor information is as follows - Falcon Direct - #36 - 20th Avenue NW - Birmingham, AL 35215.
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