Omaha Regional Interoperability Network (ORION)
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The Omaha Regional Interoperability Network (ORION) is a multi-zone Motorola P25 CQPSK SmartZone system that operates over a wide area of southeastern Nebraska and will include Pottawattamie County, Iowa, which dispatching is slated to commence at the end of 2008. Currently, as of 11/2008, Motorola techs have been conducting tests over the Pottawattamie County towers, and it appears during testing, the new talkgroups are in the 2500-2800 series. More information will be posted over the Iowa Forum as information becomes available.
ORION is Co-owned and operated by Douglas County, Nebraska, and the Omaha Public Power District. Douglas County 911 CPSAP/Dispatch center is located near 156th and Maple St., in Northwest Omaha. Washington and Pottawattamie Counties own their own stand-alone CPSAP centers in Blair, Ne and Council Bluffs, Ia. OPPD operates their own Dispatch Center/ECC near 42nd and Leavenworth St in Midtown Omaha.
'Douglas County, Ne. Douglas County Sheriff, Douglas County Health Department, Douglas County Corrections, Metro Area Transit (MAT) Omaha Police/Fire, Omaha area Hospitals, Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), Metro Area Transit (MAT), Omaha DPW, Omaha Housing Authority (OHA), Omaha Coallition of Citizen Patrol (OCCP)
Dougnal County Police Department: Benntington PD Boys Town PD Ralston PD Waterloo PD Valley PD
Douglas County Volunteer Fire Departments:
Bennington VFD Boys Town VFD Irvington VFD Ponca Hills VFD Ralston VFD Valley VFD Waterloo VFD
Washington County, Ne.
Washington County Sheriff, Blair Police Department, Blair Community Schools, Blair Public Works Ft. Calhoun, Herman, and Arlington Public Schools.
Washington County Volunteer Fire Departments:
Arlington VFD Blair VFD Ft. Calhoun VFD Herman VFD Kennard VFD
Pottawattamie County, Ia.*Started to come online December 2009. Pott SO, CBPD and CBFD dispatch channels are patched to the system
Pottawattamie County Sheriff, Council Bluffs Police/Fire Council Bluffs Hospitals
Pottawattamie County Volunteer Fire Depts
Avoca VFD Carson VFD Carter Lake VFD Crescent VFD Lewis Township VFD Neola VFD Oakland VFD Treynor VFD Underwood VFD Walnut VFD
It is unknown at time of writing if Council Bluffs Public Works, Schools, and County Roads will join ORION.
Air Methods LifeCom communications center, near the Omaha airport, uses this system to talk to the LifeNet helicopters and crews based at Creighton and UNMC.
Douglas County has 8 sites to provide complete coverage throughout Douglas County and the City of Omaha for Police/Fire/EMS and other City/County related operations.
Washington County has 3 sites for Washington County coverage, for Police/Fire/EMS and other town/village operations, however Washington County does "roam" onto the Douglas County and occasionally over OPPD towers.
Pottawattamie County has 7 sites
OPPD has 11 sites located throughout East-Central and Southeast Nebraska to coordinate electric power, administrative, and security functions.