"Serving the interoperable communication needs of Central Arizona"

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About RWC

The Regional Wireless Cooperative

In 2008, in order to meet the expanding needs of public safety and its support functions across the Phoenix metropolitan region, the Regional Wireless Cooperative (RWC) was formed. The RWC oversees the administration, operation, management, maintenance and growth of this state-of-the-art regional public safety communications network.

The RWC is a cooperative body formed under an Intergovernmental Agreement. Membership is open to all local, county, state, federal and tribal governmental entities. The RWC currently includes 19 cities, towns and fire districts located in the Phoenix metropolitan region. Governance establishes a Board of Directors consisting of one executive representative from each Member entity. The Board directs the operation, maintenance, planning, design, implementation, and financing of the RWC.

The City of Phoenix serves as the "Administrative Managing Member" responsible for the administration and financial management of the RWC. Four administrative staff positions support the RWC: the Executive Director, an Accountant III, Management Assistant I, and Administrative Aide. RWC resides within the office of Government Relations.

The RWC is a large, public safety radio network based on the Project 25, Phase I standard. The network is an Motorola ASTRO 25, Integrated Voice and Data, trunked radio system. It operates in the 700 MHz frequency bands and consists of five (5) major simulcast subsystems and ten (10) Intelligent Site Repeaters (ISRs). The system provides over 11,000 square miles of seamless, wide area coverage across the entire region and beyond.

Some of the benefits of this large regional radio system include wide area coverage beyond what cities could achieve individually, seamless interoperability, shared resources, such as people, equipment and tower sites, and funding and financial responsibilities shared by all Members based on their relative size and number of radios on the system.



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