On call: Fredericksburg transit buses to share radio with police, fire

At their most recent meeting, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement that would allow the Fredericksburg Regional Transit system to use the county’s Emergency Radio Communications System.

According to county documents, FRED Transit will have better access to Fredericksburg and Stafford County’s first responders with the bus service now on its powerhouse public safety radio network.

FRED will use the emergency radio system for the next 10 years. As part of the agreement, Fredericksburg will pay for upgrades to the emergency system. The upgrades will be purchased from telecom company Motorola will allow better accessibility for FRED buses to communicate on the emergency system.

Fredericksburg will pay Stafford $50,000 for the first year of use. At the start of the second year, it will start paying an additional 5% yearly for maintenance costs.

According to county documents, this was done in response to events around the country where a lack of communication for first responders during an emergency situation has contributed to tragic outcomes that could have been avoided.

Both Fredericksburg and Stafford hope that this agreement will allow for a fast, coordinated, and appropriate response to emergencies that may occur.

FRED transit will be on the emergency system beginning on July 1.

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