The Scottish fire and rescue services are to follow the rest of the UK and take up the Firelink communications network from O2 Airwave.
Scottish fire and rescue crews will adopt Firelink over the next three years, said the Scottish Executive. The total £350m cost of the system is being shared by fire authorities in England, Wales and now Scotland.
The system is compatible with the Airwave radio system already used by police and ambulance services across the UK. Scottish justice minister Cathy Jamieson said Firelink would replace “a patchwork of ageing systems with a modern, digital system”.
Firelink is a wide area communications system that provides voice and data links between command and control facilities and vehicles in the field. Links can also be established with mobile handsets.
Police forces were the first to sign up for Airwave, followed by the ambulance service.