New radio system for Jefferson County first responders

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A new radio system that will improve communication between agencies involved in emergency calls is now up and running in Jefferson County.

The Motorola’s P25 Technology is being used by all county offices, first responders, Jefferson County EMA and 911 center.

This puts the county in sync with 65 partnering agencies across Jefferson County.

Officials said the big gain from this new radio system is communication between agencies during natural disasters. The new system is built with multiple layers of resilience to withstand storms such as tornadoes, flood and other natural disasters.

Michael Lee, deputy director for Jefferson County 911 Center, said this will be a game changer for how they respond when working with several agencies.

“Our biggest problem during any one of those situations was the lack of communication between us and the people that were here to help us, so I now see it as a big asset now to where when other agencies get together and help out in situations that require multiple agencies, the ability to communicate with each other seamlessly, you can’t beat it,” Lee said. “It helps the public, its helps our agencies, it’s a win win situation for all.”

Keith Gulledge, network administrator for Jefferson County Commission, said they have been waiting a long time for this new system.

“It’s cleaner, it’s clearer for the first responders out there serving the public. If they need to talk, it’s a cleaner signal and a better signal so that makes the community safer,” Gulledge said.

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