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Concerns Regarding Current Public Safety Communications Network

Monday, November 25th, 2013 -- 6:53 AM

Concerns regarding the current public safety communications network in Clark County have resulted in an initiative to study the issues and recommend possible solutions.

These issues include the age of the current network equipment, end of technical support for the current equipment, reduced coverage of the network as well as operational requirements are among the items that have been discussed.

In 2011, Clark County along with the Emergency Responders that serve Clark County converted their radio equipment to ?narrow band? operation in order to be in compliance with FCC requirements which took effect on January 1, 2013.

Questions arose from presentations and a report given in 2012 which could not be answered. The report recommended system upgrades that ranged in estimated cost from $2.8 to $4.7 million depending on which conceptual design was selected.

A Communications Sub-Committee was formed to relook at the issue and put a new study together. The work on the new study is scheduled to be completed over the next several months with a report to be presented to the County Board the spring of 2014.

The full press release from the Clark County Emergency Management Department regarding this issue will be posted on our website on Tuesday, the 26th

Feel free to contact us with questions and/or comments.