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Gadsden Co. halts radio communication system overhaul

Gadsden Co. halts radio communication system overhaul
Gadsden Co. halts radio communication system overhaul
Posted at 4:55 PM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 14:42:14-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Gadsden County says its radio communication system is need of a major upgrade but plans to bring that change have been stalled.

The Board of County Commissioners is looking at a $1.3 million overhaul, replacing its outdated analog system with a digital one.

The goal is to have public works, ems and fire crews communicate with each other at all times and with local law enforcement.

Two vendors have offered their services, but one has filed a formal protest against the board's selection of the other vendor. The board declined to comment on the issue but one commissioner said the county needs to update its system soon.

The county says its current radio system is nearly 30 years old and some of its radios are not reliable for first responders and public safety.