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New County Emergency Radio System To Be Implemented This Spring

A new $11.9 million communications system will improve the way emergency personnel talk to each other during major incidents in Westchester County. For example, in a major emergency or in the case of two simultaneous situations, responders would no longer have to share a single radio channel – listening to everyone else’s conversations, filtering out what they need to know, and trying to get a word in edgewise. With the system being developed, agencies would be able to set up as many as a dozen separate conversations at once and pull whatever agencies were needed into the discussion. “Having more controlled and widespread communication will make it infinitely easier to handle any kind of major emergency event,” said County Executive Andy Spano. “If the different agencies such as police, fire and ambulance are better able to connect with each other at any given moment, it would mean a much more coordinated and effective response. We need to be a leader in implementing this type of technology.” Full Story

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