Emergency dispatch system to get needed 800 MHz boost

February 04, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll County's Emergency Services Operations, working to upgrade its antiquated radio dispatch system to a new 800 megahertz, high-tech communication system for police, fire and medic units, hopes to have the new frequencies assigned within a month, the county commissioners were told yesterday.

Howard S. "Buddy" Redman, chief of the Bureau of Emergency Services Operations, said the Federal Communications Commission is expected approve the new frequencies.

The new frequencies have been approved by Region 20 of the FCC.

J. Michael Evans, director of general services, told the commissioners his agency is studying the reception needs of the county's volunteer fire and medical teams.

The county's present system leaves many "dead" spots where emergency personnel cannot hear or communicate with the Emergency Operations Center in Westminster.

The county's planning commission has recommended that five towers be constructed to enable all emergency personnel to communicate with the operations center.

Two towers are in operation, and the county could use towers built by cellular telephone companies if they are constructed in areas that would meet the nine-channel 800-MHz requirements, Mr. Evans said.

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