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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new system was approved by the Whitley County Commissioners Monday that will help emergency crews in South Whitley communicate better with the countyâ€™s new 800 MHz radios.
Scott Jones, Whitley Countyâ€™s 911 Director presented a proposal to the commissioners Monday for a Dispatch Voter System to be used to enhance signal in South Whitley, which has traditionally had reception issues because of what Jones described as low elevation.
â€śSouth Whitley has always had problems with radios,â€ť said Jones. â€śThey have a very difficult time getting out and with receiving. It makes it very dangerous for them if theyâ€™re in a building or on foot pursuit.â€ť
Jones said the new system, which will cost $13,441.99, will be paid for by funds in the countyâ€™s 911 fund.
â€śItâ€™s not just for South Whitley officers because as you know, county officers are down in that area too,â€ť Jones said.
Jones added that fire and emergency medical crews, who have not switched over to the new 800 MHz system, would not yet receive benefit from the dispatch voter system.