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Metropolitan Radio Management Committee

The Metropolitan Government and the Nashville Electric Service (N.E.S.) embarked on a project to purchase, construct and operate a 800 MHz trunked radio system to improve emergency dispatch and response throughout Davidson County. Even though the digital radio technology that will eventually be used in the System provides greater efficiency in the use of radio bandwidth, the license issued to the Metropolitan Government by the Federal Communications Commission provides only a limited radio bandwidth to the Metropolitan Government. In order to utilize the System to its fullest potential and preserve its availability for emergency use, the Metropolitan Government must efficiently manage and control access to the System. In December 1997, the Metropolitan Government and Nashville Electric Service entered into a Memorandum of Understanding which included a provision for a joint committee to manage the access to and operation of the 800 MHz trunked radio system and in August 1999, Executive Order Number 99-06 was adopted establishing the Metro Emergency Radio Management Committee to provide an organized structure to manage the System.


The membership of the Metro Emergency Radio Management Committee shall be as
follows:
  • the Director of General Services, or his or her designee;
  • a representative selected by N.E.S.;
  • the Chief of Police, or his or her designee;
  • the Fire Chief, or his or her designee;
  • the Purchasing Agent, or his or her designee;
  • the Director of Information Systems, or his or her designee;
  • the Metropolitan Sheriff, or his or her designee;
  • the Director of Public Works, or his or her designee;
  • the Director of Water & Sewerage Services, or his or her designee;
  • the Director of Parks & Recreation, or his or her designee;
  • the Director of the Office of Emergency Management, or his or her designee;
  • the Director of the Emergency Communications Center, or his or her designee;

The Police Department, Fire Department, Emergency Communications Center and N.E.S. are expected to be the major users of the System. The Department of General Services has the major operating and maintenance responsibilities for the System. These five (5) agencies are the lead agencies on the Committee and have two (2) votes each. The other agencies have one (1) vote each. The Director of General Services serves as Chair. The Committee selects a Vice Chairman from another agency who serves for a term of one (1) year. 

The Committee shall adopt any additional rules for internal governance it deems necessary. The staff services to the Committee will be provided by the Department of General Services. The mission of the Metro Emergency Management Committee shall be as follows:
  • Develop and implement guidelines for the allocation of effective and efficient use of the System, including the loading and development for all users.
  • Determine the accurate maintenance and operating costs for the System and
  • then recommend a plan to access each user a fair and proportionate share to
  • recover these costs.
  • Develop and recommend guidelines to the Director of Finance and N.E.S. for the creation and maintenance of a reserve fund to cover unanticipated expenses and improvements to the System.
  • Provide long-range planning for the ultimate retirement and replacement of the
  • System.

800 MHz Radio System

Standard Operating Procedures