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Officials to replace emergency radio network

County to spend millions to replace radio network. A firefighter goes into a burning building, then must radio for help. A police officer who is running after a suspect needs to call for backup. Emergency responders many times can’t rely on getting their messages out on hand-held walkie-talkies, known as “portables,” especially if they’re inside a building or in areas distant from towers, such as northern Dauphin County. The “mobile” radios in vehicles work better, but the county’s 1970-era system doesn’t have enough channels to handle the emergency traffic, and different agencies often can’t easily communicate with each other. Full Story

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