Balto. Co. Unveils New, $76M Emergency Dispatch System …

… Spending to improve sound, reliability was approved by voters …

By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun

11:04 AM EST, February 16, 2012

Baltimore County officials this morning announced they have finished work on a new $76 million radio system for police, fire and other emergency crew members designed to improve sound quality and make transmission more reliable.

The new system was scheduled to go into service this week, said county spokeswoman Ellen Kobler. She said the new system includes 18 towers, 10 more than before, for improved signals. The project was paid for using $71 million from the county general fund, approved by voters in a referendum question. The balance came from state and federal money.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was scheduled to make the announcement at the Circuit Court building in Towson today along with Police Chief Jim Johnson, Fire Chief John Hohman, Public Works Director Ed Adams and other officials.

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