Law enforcement and fire officials at the Stark County Sheriff's Office attended a ceremony Monday to celebrate the recently launched $12 million new countywide Motorola radio system.
Police Commissioner George Meyer said the Jackson Town Police Department, the Perry Town Police Department and the Regional Emergency Dispatch Center will begin using the new Multi-Agency Radio communication System (MARCS) on Friday, adding that there are more than 2,500 county-level units. connection.
Almost every police and fire department in the county will use the system, which allows them to communicate with each other and other emergency personnel in the state in real time.
Dartl Anderson, the head of the Stark County Sheriff responsible for Maier planning and implementation, said that Stark County has 28 fire departments, 25 police departments, Stark Regional Transportation Authority, 4 health departments, and almost every school district. Each department, the Stark County Engineering Department, the Stark County Prison office and the local hospital are connected.
Stark County Sheriff Anderson said that Motorola is committed to providing technical support for the radio system by June 2039. Motorola accepted some of the radio in exchange for a $1,000 discount per radio unit, with a net cost of $2,800 per device. Some agencies spent about $500 to upgrade those units arranged by Congressman Regula so they could be used with the MARCS radio system.
Stark County Sheriff George Maier said that the radio system "improves public safety to the level of Stark County for many years... A few years ago, we were challenged by the entire county's life system, communication system. At that time, Many of us can 'communicate with each other. We can communicate, but this is an old and scattered way of communication... Today is really our celebration from the Stark MARCS radio system."
MARCS Director Richard Schmal said it is the largest public safety radio system in the United States, with 2,800 radios in Ohio and 220,000 radios.
Jackson Township Police Brink said that many emergency workers put these units on the shelf and were not widely deployed.
"But when you respond at the airport. Or at the Hall of Fame ceremony, people from all over the country need to come in and help. Everyone can call," Schmal said.
"You will be able to communicate. What did it do? It saved lives. It makes your work safer and more efficient. As the Sheriff said, this is a huge cost savings for taxpayers. Because of these In an emergency, you won't have to figure out how you can improve each other and get a hodgepodge on the same page."