NOS Nieuws•vandaag, 13:18
The C2000 system that allows the emergency services to talk to each other and the control room was down for several hours last night. Trade unions are furious, also because the backup system would not have functioned fully.
The outage lasted from midnight to about 3 a.m., reports a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice and Security, which is ultimately responsible for the system. It was a network problem, as a result of which the control rooms could no longer communicate with the equipment of the emergency services on site. Switchboard operators in the control rooms therefore switched to mobile radios and walkie-talkies.
As far as is known, there have been no incidents due to the malfunction, says the spokesperson. But further research is being done on this.
Police union ACP calls C2000 a life-threatening system. “It’s unprecedented,” says a spokesperson. In March, the four police unions submitted a joint complaint to the Labor Inspectorate about the system, because it has not been functioning properly for years.
Koen Simmers, chief executive of the Dutch Police Union, is also not pleased with C2000: