Ohio County deputies to get radio upgrade

Published: Jan. 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 3, 2012 at 8:42 PM CST
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Two-way radios used to dispatch emergency crews to accidents, house fires and just about anything else you can think of are currently on an analog system. That should change next month.

The new radios for the Ohio County Sheriff's Office will keep emergency responders and the public safe, "The main thing it's a public safety issue; If something happens and we need back-up," K9 Deputy Rodney McMillin.

McMillin says the new system will also allow better communication between officers and dispatchers.

"If we can't get through to dispatch by radio we have to call by cell phone," said McMillan.

"There's a lot of pockets in Ohio County that once you get out there you don't have cell phone usage, you don't have radio usage, said Ohio County Sheriff David Thompson.

The digital radios should also help improve response times. "They have to call into dispatch: 'Can you repeat the address? Can you repeat the address?' They have to do that three or four times before they get the right address," said Ohio County EMA Director Charlie Shields.

Law enforcement agencies in Hartford and Beaver Dam will also switch over.

The digital system should be up and running by February 6th.

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