|Title:||Health Metropolitan Emergency Radio Network|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0226/09|
|Date of issue:||Monday, 12 October 2009|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The aim of this Operational Directive is to provide guidance in relation to the operation of the DoHís emergency radio network and the requirements for personnel involved in major incidents or disasters.|
|Applicable to:||Emergency Procedures Coordinators. State Health Emergency Operations staff. Hospital Health Coordinators. On-Call Duty Officer Ė Disaster Preparedness. Regional Health Disaster Coordinators. Telecommunications Group within the Health Information Network.|
|Category:||Accountability & Audit|
|Period of effect:||from 21 September 2009 to 20 September 2014|
|Review date:||20 September 2014|
|Authorised by:||Dr Peter Flett, Director General, Office of the Director's General, 24-Sep-2009|
|Print version:||View print version|
Health Metropolitan Emergency Radio Network
Whilst deployment and use of this digital radio network is infrequent, it is nonetheless critical that all equipment is maintained at optimal operating readiness and that staff are fully conversant with operating techniques.
NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE AND EQUIPMENT
The network comprises of a series of Repeater channels, providing for communications at the incident site, the HEOC and metropolitan hospitals. The DOH has supplied two-way radios to hospitals within the metropolitan area. Portable hand held radios, where issued, are to be taken to the disaster site, whilst base stations are situated within the facility’s emergency coordination/control centre (ECC).
Portable hand held radios and base stations are located at the following sites:
NETWORK COMMUNICATION PROTOCOL
Appendix A outlines the channels to be used based upon single and multiple incident site management within the metropolitan area.
The Telecommunications group maintains a register of nominated contact personnel, who are located at each site. The group must be notified of any changes to the nominated contact personnel in relation to the metropolitan emergency radio network (e.g. annual leave, resignations, role change etc).
Tests are conducted according to the following schedule:
Testing outside of these indicated dates can be arranged directly with the Telecommunications group.
Staff involved in Disaster Management activities are required to ensure participation of their respective hospitals in the periodic testing schedule detailed above.
Monitoring and Review
Dr Peter Flett
This circular last updated: Monday, 12 October 2009 at 3:38pm