Hopkins Co. digital radio project almost complete

Hopkins Co. digital radio project almost complete

HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) - A project that began in 2004 to transition first responders in Hopkins County to a new digital radio system is near completion.

Almost every law enforcement officer, firefighter and EMS crew is now using the new P-25 digital radio system.

The system uses three radio towers located in Hopkins County with one on the campus of Madisonville Community College.

These new radios will give first responders greater communication coverage within Hopkins County and will make it possible to communicate in areas they were unable to before.

“In my opinion the radio is the most important thing that we have on our tool belt," said Hopkins County Sheriff Matt Sanderson. "It enables us to communicate with dispatch and other law enforcement, firefighters, etc. To me the biggest thing with this new radio system is that it increases our safety.”

Sheriff Sanderson said the county is still working out some minor bugs with the digital radio system, which is to be expected since the technology is still so new, but that overall the radios are working very well.

He expects that every first responder in Hopkins County will be using the new radios within the next couple of weeks.

The project cost millions of dollars but was mostly funded through award grant money

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