Emergency Services seek updated radio system

BIG SPRING -- Some of these first responder calls are being made with technology from the 1980's, and Emergency Services say it's time for an upgrade.

"The fire department and EMS would be able to communicate throughout the city and county without interruptions and interference," Big Spring Fire Department Chief Craig Ferguson said.

In a day in age where cell phones and any mobile device is being updated by the year, it only makes sense for emergency services are updated as well.

"Safety is priority one,” Chief Ferguson emphasized. “Whether its police, fire, EMS, one of the major benefits to this new system would be the safety factor."

The new system will be digital rather than analog, which the federal system is requiring by 2020.

"Being able to communicate with one another is very important,” Big Spring Police Department Chief Chad Williams said. “It's come time where we need to upgrade our radio system throughout Howard County."

Fixing the issue of dead spots, which are places where the analog system doesn't reach, and there won't be any lag time between the old and new systems.

"This is another great example of the collaborative effort between Howard County and the City of Big Spring to help keep the citizens safer and save money," Ferguson concluded.