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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:11

Cambria County, Pa., Preparing for 911 Radio System Overhaul

(TNS) - Cambria County officials are making efforts to ensure that first responders can communicate effectively and consistently with each other when it matters most – during emergency calls.

An overhaul of the county’s 911 radio system got rolling last March, when the Cambria County commissioners approved a contract with Mission Critical Partners – tasked with analyzing the current 911 network, and tracking immediate fixes and future design enhancements.

The $201,870 contract covers network design services, along with a $16,500 equipment allowance.

Robbin Melnyk, county 911 coordinator, said the coverage area of the current radio system has been affected by tree growth and the use of analog radios instead of digital units.

That has created situations in which first responders can’t communicate with dispatchers at the 911 center or with each other on emergency scenes.