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Louisville Emergency Communications Network: MetroSafe

Public Trunked Radio System

NameLouisville Emergency Communications Network: MetroSafe
OwnerLouisville Metro Government EMA/MetroSafe
Owner TypePublic
CountiesJefferson, Bullitt, Oldham Shelby
CountryUnited States

System Details
Band800 MHz
TypeProject 25 Phase I

FCC Callsign(s)
KKV802, WPJV652, WPJV653, WQLL852, WQLL853, WQPE780

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Wiki HomeCollaboration Gateway → United States → KentuckyJefferson, Bullitt, Oldham Shelby Counties → Louisville Emergency Communications Network: MetroSafe TRS

Welcome to the Louisville Emergency Communications Network: MetroSafe collaboration article, a Multi-County Public Trunked Radio System located in Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham Shelby Counties, Kentucky, United States.
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On September 2, 2005 a multi-millon dollar emergency communications project began. This project will allow police, fire and emergency medical services in Louisville and the surrounding counties to communicate with one another.

Housed at 510 East Liberty St. Louisville, KY. dispatchers for Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services are now located in one facility, thereby,making it faster for first responders to reach any emergency situation. Equipped with the state-of-the-art technology and equipment, and trained staff, Louisville Metro Government MetroSafe stands ready to quickly handle any emergency condition that may arise.

The Future of MetroSafe

To better respond to emergencies in a post 9/11 world, Louisville is investing in a $70 million-plus, state-of-the-art emergency communications network . This system will connect thousands of emergency responders throughout the region. The second phase is now complete, and work will begin soon on the implementing the new 800 MHz P25 digital radio system.

For the first time ever, MetroSafe will link communications for 911, the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Louisville Fire Department, Suburban Fire Districts, Local Government Radio, and Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services. In addition, MetroSafe will offer enhanced communication for all of the remaining 911 public safety answering points, or physical locations where 911 calls are received: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, suburban city agencies within Louisville Metro and the 13 counties surrounding Jefferson county.

October 2009 Update

Combine all public safety communications into one facility (Completed) Implement new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system (Completed) Remediation of permanent MetroSafe facility and migration of operations (Completed) Some of the current major milestones include:

Build a facility to consolidate public safety communications (Completed) Create interoperability at the console level by use of Motorola Motobridge and new radio consoles in Fall 2005 (Completed) Co-locate existing technologies (CAD and 911 systems) in Fall 2005 (Completed) Facility remediation (410 South Fifth Street - former Federal Reserve Bank Building) (Completed) New APCO Project 25 Digital/Trunked Radio Infrastructure implementation (Beginning in October 2009) Implementation of new 911 voice infrastructure Implementation of new information technology infrastructure Implementation of new public safety Wireless technology infrastructure Migration of existing operations to permanent facility (Completed) Ongoing testing and maintenance of fail over facility (Completed) The city's plan is to design a 30 to 35 channel 10 to 15 site 800/700 MHz P25 Digital/Trunking radio infrastructure. This system would encompass up to 535 base stations. In order for them to put all public safety, local government, public works and small towns, would require up to 5,000 subscribers. They will also be using VoIP gateway technology to communicate with legacy UHF, VHF, 800MHz conventional radio systems from agencies using conventional analog infrastructures. The dispatch center will be state of the art display driven consoles with touch screen.

They also have plans to build out a 4.9GHz broadband infrastructure possibly using Mesh technology. The radio system will also be capable of being firmware flashed to 700MHz when this band becomes available in the Metro Louisville area. Obviously there are many unknowns, and funding concerns.

This System is in the late stages of testing and It is not expected to be complete until sometime in 2010.


  • Simplex activated on FIRE radios only.
  • Frequency: 856.2625 203.5 PL

800MHz Mutual Aid

  • 851.0125 806.0125 156.7 PL 8CALL90 Calling
  • 851.5125 806.5125 156.7 PL 8TAC91 Law Enforcement
  • 852.0125 807.0125 156.7 PL 8TAC92 Fire
  • 852.5125 807.5125 156.7 PL 8TAC93 Medical
  • 853.0125 808.0125 156.7 PL 8TAC94 Command

Talkgroup Ranges

  • 1-199 - Law Enforcement (Metro PD, Metro Corrections, JTown PD, Shively PD, UL PD, small suburban police)
  • 201-399 - Fire (Louisville Fire & Rescue Suburban fire departments)
  • 401-599 - Medical (Metro EMS, JCCO)
  • 601-799 - Public Service (Public Works, SWM, Facilities, EMA)
  • 801-999 - Interoperability (Event, Mutual Aid)
  • 1001-1199 - State (Reserved for future use of state agencies)
  • 1201-1399 - Federal (Reserved for future use of federal agencies)
  • 1401-1599 - Utilities (LWC, MSD)
  • 1601-1799 - Transportation (TARC, Airport, TRIMARC)

MotoBridge Agencies

  • Bullitt County, Kentucky Fire & Sheriff
  • Clark County, Indiana Sheriff
  • Floyd County, Indiana Sheriff
  • Harrison County, Indiana Sheriff
  • Henry County Sheriff
  • Indiana State Police
  • Kentucky State Police
  • Oldham County Sheriff
  • Shelby County Fire & Sheriff
  • Spencer County Sheriff
  • Washington County, Indiana Sheriff

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