Wood County 9-1-1 moves forward on expanding radio coverage

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Oct 1, 2012
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From today's Parkersburg News & Sentinel:

In other business, commissioners voted 3-0 to allow 911 Center director Rick Woodyard to seek bids for receiver equipment to expand radio coverage for fire departments, sheriff’s deputies and emergency medical services in the Belleville and eastern Mineral Wells areas. The estimated cost is $35,550, which would come from the center’s capital reserve account, Woodyard said.

The Mineral Wells location would also enhance coverage in the Slate and Leachtown/Walker areas, according to documents submitted by Woodyard. The other site would improve critical communications from Belleville to Wadesville.

“I think we really need to expand those receiver sites … to beef up those two areas,” Woodyard said.

Completing these projects in the upcoming year would allow county officials to turn their attention in fiscal year 2017-18 to fitting the radio system with simulcast capabilities, Woodyard said. That would allow agencies to transmit from multiple towers instead of a single one, which would further improve communication capabilities and avoid problems if one tower goes down

Seems to me that it would be easier to use SIRN, especially since there's a SIRN tower in Rockport ... it would be interesting to know the reasons why 9-1-1 insists on having its own radio system.

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