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Georgia Gov. Announces Projects to Improve Communication Between Emergency Responders

Yesterday Governor Sonny Perdue announced two projects designed to improve communication between Georgia law enforcement and first responders during emergency situations. Public safety agencies communicate over different frequencies including VHF, UHF and 800 MHz. The variety of communication methods cause difficulty for neighboring jurisdictions to request assistance during major incidents. According to members of Georgia’s first responder community, reliable communications that cross jurisdictional lines is a key initiative on the local, state and national level. “Creating a system of shared communication will not happen overnight,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “It will require access to the right technology, the right governance and adequate funding to make it happen. We are laying the foundation now to make interoperable communications a reality. This has the potential to save lives, and it is part of my vision for a safe Georgia.” The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) will coordinate the distribution of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding for interoperability projects. Full Story

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