From the Austintown Communications Division
SABERS is a Motorola P25 digital 800 MHz trunking system that will serve both Townships public safety communications needs for many years to come.
The old radio systems in both Townships were unreliable, antiquated, beyond repair and by FCC mandate had to be replaced. The cost of this new system was shared between both Townships thus effectively providing each Township with the capabilities of a $1.6 million dollar radio system for half the cost.
The main communications backbone is owned by a Council Of Governments consisting of Austintown and Boardman Townships. Austintown uses the system for police, fire, road, park and maintenance departments. Boardman uses it for their Police and Fire Departments. The system is a Motorola 800 MHz P25 Astro digital trunked radio system consisting of the Prime Site, core and 5 repeaters at the our tower site located at 4677 Barrington Drive and 5 additional repeaters location at Boardman Township’s Government Center at 8699 Market Street. Each Dispatch location has three Motorola MC7500 consoles. In an emergency the dispatchers from either dispatch center can go to the other center and have full access to the radio system as if they were sitting at the own consoles. Mill Creek Park Police Dept. is also using the system but they are not owners. We are the only government entities in Mahoning County making use of the advanced capabilities of a digital trunked radio system.