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Radio System Upgrade for Emergency Responders

October 28, 2014

Talbot County’s emergency responders have always been on the forefront of the move to utilize technology to save lives, and they will soon be using the most cutting-edge radio system.

The Talbot County Council recently approved the next phase of a major radio system upgrade for emergency responders.

Laura Price, vice president of the Talbot County Council and liaison on the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee (LEPC) stressed the importance of the project. "Seconds count when saving lives,” she says. “Our law enforcement and emergency personnel must be provided with highly dependable and interoperable communications equipment to perform their critical mission."

The first phase of the project, which was initiated in the fall of 2013, has just been completed. All EMS ambulances and Volunteer Fire Departments across the County received state-of-the-art hand-held and mobile radio equipment.

In phase two, the Emergency Services Department will continue upgrading the aging radio equipment for local government and law enforcement. The Talbot County 9-1-1 Center also will be expanded and upgraded, making it easier for operators to communicate to all emergency responders, including EMS, fire department, and law enforcement.

Talbot County is partnering with the State of Maryland, joining a new radio communications network on the Eastern Shore. This region was the first to join the statewide network and will provide the blueprint for a system that will soon be used throughout the state. This will allow Emergency Services to better communicate with partner agencies when they are dispatched to the Talbot County area or when Talbot County units are operating outside this area.

"With the Council's support, we will be able to seize a unique opportunity to leverage the statewide communications network,” says County Manager Clay Stamp, who also serves as director of Emergency Services. “We significantly enhance the communications capability for our emergency personnel, while at the same time saving our taxpayers millions of dollars."

Council President Corey Pack says the equipment upgrade assures that Talbot County residents will continue to receive the best emergency care available. "Public Safety is one of the most important services we provide,” he says. “We are fortunate to have highly dedicated and capable personnel, and we are pleased to be able to provide them with state-of-art communications equipment.”

The multi-year project is being implemented in phases and is slated to be completed in 2016.

For more information, contact: Clay Stamp, County Manager, (410) 770-8010.


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