Feedback: County Eyes $$$ Overhaul Of Emergency Communications
Jefferson County government is contemplating an expensive overhaul of the radio equipment firefighters and rescue squads use.
The existing radio system is more than 40 yers old, and showing its age.
Getting into the 21st century means new digital radios, and the entire network to support them, including as many as 15 towers.
"$15 million on the low side, to say $20 million on more of the high side," said Bob Hagemann, Jefferson County Administrator.
Plus, this is technology we're talking about, where one upgrade is just the beginning.
Expensive price tag or not, officials say a new radio system is worth every penny to clear up constant, annoying and dangerous problems for responders.
A consultant that hopes to do business with the county, Blue Wing Services, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is expected to deliver a report on the upgrade this fall.
Sunday, May 24, 2015, Watertown, NY
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