JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo (KMOV.com) – Jefferson County officials say they have almost completed a $30 million switchover to a new public radio system.
The county will have 17 new towers which will become the microwave backbone to the state-of-the-art system mandated by the federal government. With the new system, all first responders will be able to communicate with one another.
“It allows much better communications between the agencies and provides much better coverage,” said Chief Travis Williams of the Jefferson County 911 Dispatch.
The new system can also pinpoint the location of 911 calls on cell phones and send emergency alerts to residents’ phones. The final police department to switch over to the new communication system will make the change next week.