First Responders Across 17 Counties Can Now Communicate on One Radio Frequency 4/12/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
April 12, 2013
First responders across west Texas can now communicate with each other on one frequency.
It's a milestone that has never been achieved until now.
The new public safety radio communication system is now live across 17 counties. First responders say they're in the business where seconds count and this new system will help them communicate when it counts.
From Big Spring to Pecos and Seagraves to Sanderson. There is no boundary for communication between first responders.
"One of our problems has always been the inability to communicate across jurisdiction lines," John McDaniel, with radio operations at the Midland County Sheriff’s Office.
That problem is no more thanks to the Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission. They introduced a new radio communication system that can go all over west Texas.
"A fire chief in Terrell County can talk directly to the National Weather Service in Midland," McDaniel said.
"We actually now have a region wide coverage for our first responders locally state and federal," Barney Welch with PBRPC said.
Welch says our first responders have been busier than ever and are often in situations where they need to be in communication with each other.
"Our first responders have to be able to communicate. Seconds matter. This system helps that," he said.
So when an emergency arises, our first responders are ready.
This is one of a few phases for the new communication system and was paid for through federal grants.