KIMT News 3 – This coming year, a change could be made in several Iowa counties concerning how first responders receive their calls.
There are some problems with the current radio system that is in use. Right now, the radios can lose signals inside of certain buildings, when you are in a rural area, or if they are too far away from the tower.
Law enforcement say if a first responder doesn’t hear a call, that could present a serious public safety concern.
“All of the deputies at work in this department know were our radio signals are weak,” says Cerro Gordo County Sheriff Kevin Pals. “We try to work around that the best we can.’
Infrastructure for a more efficient radio system is in the process of being built, but it could still be a few years before the system is ready to be used in our area.