Chester County Approves New Radio System
Chester County moves ahead with new $42M emergency radio upgrade - delcotimes.com
WEST CHESTER – Acting to fix an emergency radio system that has been the object of complaints from emergency responders almost from the time it was purchased two decades ago, the Chester County commissioners on Thursday authorized the “go-ahead” of a contract for a new digital system.
If approved next month, the contract, recommended by leaders of the county Department of Emergency Services and supported by an advisory group made up of county first responders, would be with the Harris Corporation of Melbourne, Fla., a leader in the communications industry. It calls for $27.4 million in capital and initial maintenance costs and an additional eight-years of maintenance for $14.7 million, for a total of $42.1 million.
The proposal by Harris, worked out over a period of about one year, was the lowest of three submitted to the county in November 2011. The other two came from Motorola, which proposed a total contact of $50.5 million, and ARINC, which proposed $54.6 million for equipment and maintenance. Officials said the contact could be finalized in early February and work on the system begun immediately thereafter.
One emergency official called the new radio system “a gigantic project, probably the largest "non-bricks and mortar” project in the county in 40 years.”.....