Thanks to a joint project between three local and state agencies, local police, fire and emergency response services will be able to communicate more easily.
The Muskingum County EMA, Muskingum County Commissioners and the State of Ohio Multi Agency Radio Communications System Office teamed up to secure 85 MARCS radios for agencies in our area, which allow communication not only across the county, but the state.
"They’re a great operability radio, so if we’re going to another county or another location, as well as locally, with the advantage of being able to talk with the portable any place in the county," said Director of the Muskingum County EMA Bo Keck.
Keck said the program donated the radios to the county. He said without the donation, buying the radios would have been out of the question because they are so expensive.
"That’s probably the biggest drawback to the MARCS radios," he said. "These radios here were approximately $3,500 a piece new and $3,000 used. We were able to get them for the departments for really no cost at all to them."
According to Keck, some of the radios had missing parts, but the county commissioners awarded $15,000 to finish the radios.
The radios will be distributed this week.