Broome County’s upgrade of its public safety radio communications system is nearing completion.

December 6, the county celebrated in the installation of the final tower in the system in Deposit.  The new network is to be online next year.

Broome County Government photo
Broome County Government photo

The new tower will help the County cover more areas with fewer gaps as law enforcement, fire and medic services as well as road crews try to communicate with each other and 9-1-1 dispatchers during emergencies and daily operations.

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The old system has a dozen different radio systems, some dating back fifty years, covering 55 different primary agencies.  The patchwork system meant dead spots in parts of the county where transmissions would be dropped or couldn’t be established at all until the responder got into an area with better reception.

The $23-million upgrade to the system is supported by temporary surcharges added on to residents’ phone services.

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