"Serving the interoperable communication needs of Central Arizona"

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About RWC

The Regional Wireless Cooperative

In 2008, to meet the expanding needs of public safety and its support functions across the Phoenix metropolitan region, the Regional Wireless Cooperative (RWC) was formed. The RWC oversees the administration, operation, management, maintenance and growth of this state-of-the-art regional public safety communications network.

The RWC is a cooperative body formed under a series of Intergovernmental Agreements. Membership is open to all local, county, state, federal and tribal governmental entities. The RWC currently includes 20 cities, towns, fire districts, and government agencies located in the Phoenix metropolitan region. Governance establishes a Board of Directors consisting of one executive representative from each Member entity. The Board directs the operation, maintenance, planning, design, implementation, and financing of the RWC.

The City of Phoenix serves as the "Administrative Managing Member," responsible for the administration and financial management of the RWC. Four administrative staff positions support the RWC: The Executive Director, an Accountant III, Management Assistant I, and Administrative Aide. The RWC resides within Government Relations in the City Manager’s Office.

The RWC is a large, public safety radio network based on the Project 25, Phase I standard (Phase II coming soon). The network is a Motorola ASTRO 25™ digital trunked radio system. It operates in the 700 MHz frequency band and consists of eight (8) major simulcast subsystems and ten (10) Astro Site Repeaters (ASRs). The system provides over 8,000 square miles of coverage across the entire region and beyond. The system serves 20,000 member users and another 20,000+ users from interoperability partners (Local, State and Federal agencies).

Some of the benefits of this large regional radio system include wide area coverage beyond what cities could achieve individually, seamless interoperability, shared resources, such as people, equipment and tower sites, and funding and financial responsibilities shared by all Members based on their relative size and number of radios on the system.

In 2019 the RWC also assumed responsibility for the existing VHF (“conventional”) radio system, which was previously managed by the Phoenix Fire Department. This system is used by all Metro Phoenix Fire Departments for hazard-zone (Fires, Hazmat, etc…) communications.


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