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Public Safety Overview
Trunked Radio Systems
As of November 9, 2016, most public safety agencies operating in Dane County are using one of three trunked radio systems. City of Madison agencies, along with UW Police, Capitol Police, and Monona Police currently use the 800MHz Motorola Analog Madison Area Public Safety system. Dane County agencies and most other municipal agencies are using the VHF P25 DaneCom system. State Agencies not using the Madison Area Public Safety system, such as the Wisconsin State Patrol, can be found on the statewide WISCOM system. DaneCom and WISCOM are ISSI linked for interoperability. DaneCom currently has patches to the Madison Area Public Safety system for critical talkgroups; full ISSI linking is expected to occur upon completion of the City's upgrade to P25.
Dane County is maintaining two analog tactical channels, DANETAC 1 and 2, for fireground and law enforcement tactical use. Fitchburg, McFarland, Monona, Stoughton, and Sun Prairie are also maintaining local analog fireground and/or tactical channels.
All units with VHF-capable radios should have access to VCALL10 and MARC 1/2, and fire units should also have access to IFERN and the MABAS fireground channels. VCALL10 will be continuously monitored by Dane County Public Safety Communications (PSC) for use as a backup to DaneCom and for agencies who are unable to reach dispatch. PSC will also monitor EMS B and configure hosptial patches for ambulances that are not able to access DaneCom.
Public Safety Dispatch and 911 Centers
There are currently seven public safety dispatch centers located in Dane County, with four of those centers receiving 911 calls.
Dane County Public Safety Communications (PSC)
Colloquially known as the "Comm Center", Dane County PSC is the primary 911 PSAP and dispatch center in the county. All cellular 911 calls are answered here, as well as landline 911 calls other than from the cities of Middleton and Monona, and the UW-Madison campus. The following agencies are dispatched by the Comm Center:
- All Dane County agencies (Sheriff, Medical Examiner, etc)
- All City of Madison agencies (Police, Fire, Animal Control, etc)
- All EMS agencies responding to 911 calls
- All municipal fire departments in the county except Monona
- All municipal police departments in the county except Fitchburg, Middleton, Monona, Stoughton and Sun Prairie
Middleton Police Department
The Middleton Police Department receives landline 911 calls originating within the City of Middleton, and provides their own dispatch service. Calls for Fire and EMS services are transferred to Dane County PSC for dispatch. Cellular 911 calls for police services are transferred from Dane County PSC to Middleton for dispatch. Middleton can also act as a backup dispatch center and PSAP for Monona and Dane County.
Monona Police Department
The Middleton Police Department receives landline 911 calls originating within the City of Monona, and provides dispatch service to Monona Police and Fire. Calls for EMS services are transferred to Dane County PSC for dispatch. Cellular 911 calls for police and fire services are transferred from Dane County PSC to Monona for dispatch. The Monona city leadership is currently considering transferring fire dispatch to Dane County.
UW Police Department
The UW Police Department receives landline 911 calls originating within the UW-Madison Campus, and provides their own dispatch service. Calls for Fire and EMS services are transferred to Dane County PSC for dispatch. Cellular 911 calls for police services are transferred from Dane County PSC to UWPD for dispatch.
Fitchburg, Stoughton and Sun Prairie Police Departments
These cities all maintain their own police dispatch centers. All 911 calls from these cities are answered by Dane County PSC, and fire and EMS services are dispatched by the Comm Center. Police call information transferred to the respective police department by CAD for dispatch.
Captiol Police Department
Capitol Police Dispatch provides alarm monitoring for various state-owned properties, as well as dispatch service for CPD officers in and around the Madison area.
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