March 17, 2005

Radio Gift Will Help Local Dispatching

A St. Louis suburb has made improved radio traffic possible in Scotland County thanks to a recent donation. The Foristell Police Department recently gave six Motorola radio systems to the Scotland County Sheriffs Department.

Three of the radios will go into place in the departments vehicles. The other three radios will be used in the dispatching center to improve services for all units currently monitored by the sheriffs department.

Sheriff Wayne Winn stated that the new radios will be added to the existing dispatching bank. Currently the sheriffs band is set at priority on the radio band. This means, with the old system, if a fire department or ambulance transmission was being made at the same time as a sheriffs department transmission, the dispatcher would only be able to hear the priority signal from the sheriffs department.

Each of the new radios will be set with its own priority channel, meaning that fire and rescue and ambulance transmissions can be received on these systems even when there is simultaneously radio activity from other departments.

Thanks to this project we can now monitor more channels at the same time and insure we dont miss anything, Winn said. Even if the fire, ambulance and sheriffs departments are all talking at the same time, the traffic will bounce to the different priority radios so that no communications are missed.

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