The Puget Sound Emergency Radio Network (PSERN) will replace the current King County Emergency Radio System that is used by first responders to coordinate activities at emergency events, communicate with each other and with their supervisors directing response activities. Time is often critical during emergency situations therefore dispatch and first responders need a reliable radio communications system to help them respond efficiently.
The current emergency radio system is over 20 years old and is in danger of failing if it isn’t replaced. In addition, the it was designed in 1992 for the County’s population at that time. Over the years, the population throughout the County has steadily increased and residents are living in regions they didn’t before which creates coverage challenges for the current system. The PSERN Project includes adding new towers and upgrading existing ones, which will increase coverage. PSERN is also providing new electronic equipment at the radio sites and new equipment for Users of the new system. The new system as a whole will provide improved Coverage, Capacity, Capability and Connectivity. Construction began summer of 2016 and the Project is scheduled to be complete in 2020.
The PSERN Project was approved by King County voters in April 2015 and is a large project with a budget of approximately $273 million.