The ability to successfully respond and manage an emergency situation is heavily reliant on the communication system in place. Effective communication systems will allow multiple parties to work together to achieve a successful outcome.
The Malaysian Civil Defence Department (MCDD), is responsible for public safety and disaster management in Malaysia. Prior to 2009, MCDD had used conventional VHF on a point to point and standalone repeater system. In 2009, the Malaysian Government launched the Government Integrated Radio Network (GIRN) based on a Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) system, which was introduced across 13 government agencies, including MCDD. It was identified that although GIRN meets the communication needs for most populated areas, an HF radio system would complement the GIRN in the rugged interior, and provides consistent and reliable communications across the entire country.
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