The New Brunswick government has launched its new mobile radio communication system designed to improve communications among first responders and other users.

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Municipal police forces, volunteer fire departments, paramedics, school bus drivers and snow plow operators will be among the 3,400 users of the New Brunswick Trunked Mobile Radio system.

The government has partnered with Bell Mobility, which is using a combination of government and new and existing Bell Mobility towers for the system. The New Brunswick Trunked Mobile Radio system replaces a 30-year-old system that lacked coverage in some areas and did not allow for different agencies to communicate during emergencies.

A trunked radio system is a complex type of computer-controlled two-way radio system that allows sharing of relatively few radio channels among a large group of users.