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MPSCS employees receive APCO Technician of the Year Award
December 06, 2022
Pictured, above, are members of the Office of Michigan's Public Safety Communications System, which is housed within DTMB.
The Michigan Chapter of the Association Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO) recently recognized the entire team from the Office of Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) with its 2022 Technician of the Year Award.
Each year, awards are presented to 911 professionals in recognition of their service and dedication to the profession. MPSCS was recognized at the association's annual awards banquet Oct. 27 in Frankenmuth.
"MPSCS employees operate and maintain one of the largest and most mature public safety trunked communication systems in the world," said MPSCS Director Brad Stoddard. "Every person within MPSCS plays an integral role in keeping the operations working night and day. Without each member of the team, MPSCS would not be as reliable and successful as they have been over the past 27 years."
Beginning in mid-1990, the State of Michigan made a significant infrastructure investment to provide statewide public safety radio communications for local, state, federal, tribal, and private agencies. While MPSCS was first implemented to serve the Michigan State Police, the value was far greater to expand to all public safety agencies in the state.
Today, MPSCS provides a stable, secure framework for interoperable communications to more than 2,100 local, state, federal, tribal, and private first responders and supplies a public safety communication resource for citizens. MPSCS employees operate and maintain one of the largest and most mature public safety trunked communication systems in the world. This statewide 800/700 MHz digital trunked radio communication network spans from the shores of Lake Superior to the borders of Indiana and Ohio and includes more than 300 radio towers and more than 140,000 radios. The system is at the forefront of public safety communications, providing rapid response and facilitating cooperation of emergency personnel through statewide coverage and advanced technology. It is a reliable, easy-to-use system that adheres to national standards. System operation is monitored 24 hours a day to ensure its readiness to assist Michigan's first responders. Learn more by visiting Michigan.gov/MPSCS.