Sen. Zorn applauds public safety communications cost savings

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. Sen. Dale Zorn announced on Monday that the 36 Monroe County public safety agencies that use the Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS) will see savings due to a recent restructuring of the system’s subscriber user fee.

“I was happy to work with Director Stoddard and the state on a solution to reduce the financial strain on local public safety radio users and help them stay focused on keeping our communities safe,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I applaud the new policy, which will result in significant cost savings for the three dozen county agencies who use the system for communication to emergency first responders.

“This will keep more than $240,000 in Monroe County alone, in the hands of police, fire and other county services, rather than sending it off to a Lansing bureaucracy.”

The MPSCS provides a stable, secure framework for interoperable communications among local, state, federal, tribal and private first responders and supplies a public safety communication resource for residents. It is monitored 24 hours a day to ensure its readiness to assist Michigan’s first responders.

The MPSCS Director Bradley Stoddard recently announced that subscribers will no longer be charged a semiannual per-radio subscriber fee. Now, a standard, one-time radio subscriber fee of $250 per radio will be applied at the activation of a new or replaced radio on the MPSCS.

“This is an important step in the evolution of the MPSCS’s state-of-the-art radio system. With the restructured subscriber fee policy, there is a recognition of the smallest user agencies, and this makes available total interoperable communications for all users,” said Alan D. Frank, director of the Monroe County Central Dispatch. “For Monroe County, the real benefits are in the cost avoidance in the future as our original user credits were set to expire and do not limit full interoperable communications for all user agencies.  I believe it presents opportunity for system growth as other areas of the state evaluate the services offered by the MPSCS.”

Monroe County’s reduction is estimated at about $96,400 annually for the sheriff’s office, health department, youth center, emergency management, central dispatch and the road commission.