Scottish Fire Brigades choose Entel

The Scottish Fire & Rescue Services will standardise on Entel portables after a rigorous selection process completed earlier this year. Already the services in Central Scotland and Lothian & Borders have taken delivery of their first batches of Entel HX400 and HT900 ATEX radios, supplied via Radiocoms through the FIREBUY central procurement company.

Since devolution, procurement for the fire services north of the border has been run independently from that of England & Wales - where Entel already supplies the Fire & Rescue Services, also via the dealer-administered FIREBUY contract. This time, Entel radios had to undergo the Scottish services' own independent assessment procedure, successfully beating off stiff competition from other major brands being offered.

Steve Mulka, Entel's technical business development manager, said of the new contract: "The fact that the Entel portables have twice achieved the highest score in the independent assessment criteria set by the UK's Fire & Rescue Services shows that these radios consistently deliver quality and reliability in the most demanding environments imaginable."

In every assessment, the Entel portables either met or exceeded the Scottish services' requirements, while the ongoing FIREBUY contract in England & Wales (established 2006), is testament to these radios' enduring reliability. The HX400 and HT900 ATEX models offered are specially modified for use by the fire services, but in terms of key features, including their commercial grade construction, Lithium-Ion battery technology - and in the case of the HT900 - its IP68 submersibility rating (5 metres for 1 hour), they are identical to the rest of the HX400 and HT900 ranges.