Camilla Fire Department upgrades to regional radio system

Camilla Fire Department upgrades to regional radio system

CAMILLA, GA (WALB) - The city of Camilla and Mitchell County first responders joined forces to create a regional radio communication system.

They plan to replace a nearly 60-year-old VHF radio network with a push-to-talk two-way radio system.

The new system will allow first responders to answer emergencies more quickly and talk with other agencies without radio interference.

"With the static and interference from out of town people as they join our bandwidth, it created such an interference problem that we could have an officer or a firefighter in midstream of conversation and get blocked. So the dispatch or incident command could not hear what they are saying. If they're asking for help, it could be a life-threatening situation that they need a quick response to," said Camilla Fire Department Fire Chief Jamie Sullivan.

The new system will also be shared with Albany, Dougherty, Thomasville and other communities who already upgraded their systems.

Officials said they're looking at federal grants to support the project and hope to have it finished by early next year.

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