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Project Management Proposals Sought for Border Interoperability Project


June 14, 2011


Washington County has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Project Management of the Border Interoperability Demonstration Project (BIDP). Washington County was recently awarded a $3.9 million grant for the Project by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Washington County, in partnership with four border counties (Aroostook, Somerset, Franklin, and Oxford) and other tribal and Canadian entities, will implement a demonstration project to enhance emergency communications capabilities along Maine’s 611-mile international border. This project will improve interoperable communications by expanding existing networks and establishing a U.S. – Canadian interoperability channel for use among federal, state, local, tribal, and international partners.

The project will also link existing communications tower sites to new towers and county regional communication centers. The communications equipment will use open standards and multimodal, state-of-the-art technology for both voice and data transmission (including Voice over Internet Protocol). The network will effectively eliminate communications “dead zones” in remote areas along Maine’s border with Canada, andenhance the effectiveness of emergency response efforts.

The RFP for Project Management, as well as the Program Narrative, can be found on the Washington County website. Proposals may be submitted through close of business on July 8, 2011. See the RFP for all details relating to the required content and format of proposal submission.

For information on the project as a whole, see:



Mike Hinerman, Director, Washington County EMA


Last update: 07/20/10