Essen fire service is first in Germany to choose Sepura radios

Essen is the first fire service in Germany to use Sepura TETRA radios to improve its communications.

Sepura’s STP8000 hand-held and SRG3500 Gateway vehicle radios offer the reliability and functionality that fire personnel expect for the challenging situations they encounter.

“This technology is a quantum leap forward in achieving clear and precise radio communications,” said Ulrich Bogdahn, the fire-brigade’s leading officer. “It enhances operational efficiency, to help our efforts in saving lives and property.”

The robust STP8000 is designed specifically to withstand a typical fire scenario of water, dust, heat and falling debris.

Audio is loud and clear and the screen is easy to view. Large, well-spaced keys benefit gloved users and class-leading 1.8 watts RF power enables reliable and uninterrupted reception.

A robust, lockable side connector ensures that audio accessories, such as breathing apparatus, remain securely connected under all situations.

Uniquely, SRG3500 vehicle radios support two control consoles - one in the front and one at the rear of the appliance – enabling the crew at the back of the fire engine to communicate directly with the control room.

Furthermore, when operating in Gateway mode the SRG radio acts as a relay point between hand-held and other vehicle radios, to extend the trunked network into areas of limited coverage.

The radios have been supplied in a contract secured by Selectric GmbH, Sepura’s distribution partner in Germany, and will initially operate on a TETRA network covering the Ruhr District, whilst the new nationwide BOS-net public safety network is being commissioned.

Only a software update will be needed to add the additional functionality required as the country’s secure BOS-net public safety network goes live in the next two years.

Hendrik Pieper, General Manager of Selectric, said:
“This system is the forerunner of improved communications technology for fire services throughout Germany, offering outstanding levels of performance and usability.”

Kasper Barfoed, Sepura Country Manager for Germany, added:
“This is an important sales win for Sepura and Selectric, illustrating the considerable benefit of Sepura products aligned to the support and service our partner offers.”