Improvements seen on emergency radio system in Dale County

(Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News)

DALE COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Dale County Commissioners say they're seeing improvements in their emergency radio system.

Tuesday, commissioners held a follow-up meeting with representatives with Motorola and CenturyLink to discuss changes to improve the system.

The county purchased the radio system nearly two years ago, but says they've had issues with reliability.

Since last month's initial meeting, there has been work done to replace connectors between radio tower sites to create more stable connections.

Motorola also has plans to add back-up power supply at four radio tower sites free of charge.

The commission says things look to be moving in the right direction.

"We're just not seeing as much down time. That's what it's all about. We're not into technology. We're just into whether the radio works when the deputy attempts to use it," said Mark Blakenship, Commission Chairman of Dale County.

The commission says they are also putting together a smaller committee of representatives from the county, Motorola and CenturyLink to discuss how to further stabilize the radio system.

Motorola Solutions released this statement following today's meeting: "Over the last several weeks, Motorola Solutions technicians have been onsite to test Dale County's mission-critical radio system and make updates for improved performance. The system has many components and Motorola Solutions works with county providers to determine root causes and solutions, regardless of where issues originate. Motorola Solutions remains committed to working with Dale County to ensure the communication system works as designed for first responders and the people they protect."

CenturyLink could not be reached for a statement following Tuesday's meeting.

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