Schuylkill County Upgrading 9-1-1 Radio Systems

By Andrew Forgotch |

Published 06/03 2014 05:50PM

Updated 06/03 2014 06:44PM

Lake Wynonah, Schuylkill County - "Dispatch team 2 testing 1-2-3-4-5-5-4-3-2-1," Scott Krater, the Director of the Schuylkill County 9-1-1 Center, said while testing a new radio system.

The good news for Krater is that his message was heard loud and clear.

Krater, along with other members of the 9-1-1 center, have been working on upgrades to their communication system. The upgrades would make messages clearer, and allow more radios on the system.

"This gives them better coverage," Krater said. "Basically now you can talk from one end of the county to the other."

The upgrades are part of an FCC mandate. The cost of the change is $16-million, which was funded through a bond.

Krater told Eyewitness News the improvements should help first responders communicate better during an emergency.

"If there's an incident going on in one end of the county and they need to speak with a police agency on the other end of the county they can do that," he said.

Officers with the Schuylkill Haven Police Department, who have also been testing the system, said they've had no problems with the upgrades.

Patrick Moran, with the Pottsville/Schuylkill Haven/Orwigsburg Ems said clear communication is key.

"We need to make sure that all of our communication going back and forth from the communication center and from our end is understood," he said.

Krater also said that he's had no problems during testing.

He said he hopes to have the system online by the end of July.


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