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First phase of emergency communication system nears installation

The first phase of a $51 million project to help emergency responders communicate between agencies is expected to be set up in southeast Wyoming this summer. Problems communicating between agencies were mentioned by police and medical crews who responded to a fiery chain collision last August on Interstate 80 between Cheyenne and Laramie. The 36-vehicle wreck killed at least seven people. Communication difficulty was also mentioned as the top problem by people who responded to a flood that caused $3 million in damage to Kaycee in 2002. “We’re putting together a new radio system that will serve public safety users, which are police, fire, paramedics and up to livestock inspectors,” said Tom Mahon, WyoLink project manager with the Wyoming Department of Transportation. Full Story

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