History

In 1934, the Orange County Board of Supervisors, in conjunction with the 13 incorporated cities within Orange County, created the Orange County Communications Department to provide the citizens of Orange County with a coordinated communications system to serve all the local public safety agencies of the County on an as-needed basis, with the cost of all County-provided services to be borne by the County of Orange General Fund.

The Communications Department functioned as a separate County Department reporting directly to the Board of Supervisors from 1934 until 1958, when it was consolidated in the Transportation and Communications Department. Communications was later established as a separate division under the General Services Agency. In 1996, during a Countywide reorganization, Communications was transferred to the Sheriff's Department.

The Orange County Communications System is comprised of public safety law enforcement, fire services, public works and lifeguard agencies/departments which utilize radio communications services, paramedic base station hospitals and hospitals participating in the Hospital Emergency Administrative Radio (HEAR) Network.