Equipment upgrades have delayed the full launch of the next generation public safety radio system in Erie County.
The Erie County Department of Public Safety has reached an agreement with JVC Kenwood's EFJohnson Technologies to update existing portable radios with new, state-of-the-art equipment.
All portable radios will be replaced in the early fall. According to the county government, a new system migration of public safety radio will follow immediately.
The first batch of equipment that began to be replaced in the fall of 2017 was part of the bid for emergency personnel in 2016. Since then, the product has been updated with new technologies.
JVC Kenwood has agreed to replace all radios and accessories for free, and the radio is the latest model of Kenwood.
Features of the radio upgrade include: instant recording replay, fall alarm, and Bluetooth and GPS functions.
“Although this delay in the overall update of the next generation of public safety radio systems is disappointing, it is an opportunity to ensure that our emergency personnel have advanced equipment at no additional cost,” said Kathy Dahlkemper, Erie County Magistrate.