New Radio System for Brown County First Responders
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CREATED Apr. 26, 2013
GREEN BAY, WI- Brown County first responders say their old radio systems are outdated and potentially dangerous.
That's why they are putting this new system to the test. Local fire and police departments in Brown County have had trouble communicating with each other when out on a call.. Which causes safety concerns.
First responders have been using the same radio's for more than 30 years. The main problem was every agency in brown county was using a different frequency. Now all first responders will be on the same system county wide making communication much better.
When out on a call, the Green Bay Fire Department knows how important help from other agencies can be.
"That aid and working together is a lot more frequent than it used to be," says Rob Goplin of the Green Bay Fire Department.
That's why communication is key between local fire and police departments, but that's been a bit of a problem with an outdated radio system.
"In the past we weren't able to to talk to each other even very easily anyway even when we were on the same scene," says Goplin.
"They would have to either communicate back through the dispatch center or they would have to physically go and talk to each other," says Cullen Peltier of the Public Safety Communications Department.
Area first responders say it's time for a new system. Bringing in a more powerful frequency that all agencies will use.
"Communicate throughout the county."
Cullen Peltier of the Public Safety Communications department says this will help immensely if a big emergency were to happen involving multiple agencies.
"Stronger more stable system for our agencies," says Peltier.
"Work together as one big team if we're going to be going out the district," says Sean Linssen of the Green Bay Fire Department.
As mutual aid is needed more frequently out on a call.
Brown County first responders have been working on obtaining a new system for several years now. They say they will begin using the radio's this summer.