Wildfires, floods, avalanches, blizzards...these are some of the not-so-great things that occur in our great state of Colorado. State patrol, firefighters, medics, snowplow drivers...these are the people who help us when those not-so-great things happen. How do they help, rescue, heal us? They do it by coordinating and communicating with each other. One of the critical tools they use for coordination and communications is a monumentally important two-way radio system maintained by the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) Public Safety Communications Network (PSCN), called the Colorado Statewide Digital Trunked Radio System (DTRS).
In the early 1990s, Colorado set out to replace the multiple, disparate, wireless communications systems operated by state and local governmental agencies. In partnership with local municipal, county, tribal, state and federal governmental agencies, this shared radio system was created for the specific use of all public safety, public service and other governmental agencies. DTRS provides a near seamless statewide wireless system for direct communications between the people who need to communicate during daily and emergency incidents. This means that a firefighter can radio another firefighter during a wildfire on a secure channel without having to compete with the voice network you use to call your girlfriend and listen to each other breathe at night.
This system was designed for, and is completely dedicated to, our state’s first responders. In fact, OIT’s PSCN team maintains the DTRS at the industry standard “Rule of Five-Nines,” meaning the system must be up, running and available to first responders 99.999 percent of the time -- now that’s a high standard.
The numbers are so impressive with this statewide system that it’s really fun to show you with bright colors and graphics, so check out our 2016 DTRS infographic below: