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Old 05-18-2013, 8:47 AM
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Thumbs down West Burlington Fire woes

Nearly four months after the West Burlington Fire Department sought help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the city's public safety radio system remains unreliable, according to Fire Chief Mike Heim.
Faulty communications have been a persistent problem for the West Burlington Fire Department since Des Moines County public safety agencies modernized their equipment in 2010 and updated the shared radio infrastructure in 2012. The upgrades were paid for with grant funds provided by FEMA

Iowa Fire Chief Says Radio System Plagued with Trouble - Firehouse
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Old 05-21-2013, 8:58 AM
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This isn't just a WBFD problem, all the FDs in the county are having problems. There have been times when other towns pagers havn't gone off til dispatch has paged it numerous time. I know of one fire WB had that was 2 block from the station. It took 7 times before the guys inside the structure heard command call them on the radio to back out.
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Old 09-19-2013, 3:22 PM
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Just a kind of follow up on this, there was an article in todays Burlington paper saying that the company that sold them the Vertex radios has agreed to buy them all back and they will now be using Kenwood radios.
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