VHF radios are the most effective radios for rural communities as VHF have greater coverage over longer distances with more natural terrain.
700 MHz radios are the North American standard for urban areas as the frequencies can penetrate buildings much better than VHF.
Interoperability – radios that use VHF and 700 MHz frequencies – are an important public safety advantage that increases operational efficiencies for all our user agencies. Sharing a common radio telecommunications platform builds critical redundancy into the system and strengthens regional back up. Superior response capacities and capabilities are now possible in the case of an emergency or natural disaster when all hands must be on deck.