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WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -
in Wood County now have a way to communicate with each other, which will make
responding to emergencies easier and faster.
antennas across the county allow the departments to communicate. They also
increased the range for the departments' portable radios.
talk from the radio to an antenna, which is relayed to dispatch," explained
Mike Richardson, EMS director for Troy Township. "You're dealing with several
local antennas as opposed to just one central location."
a county that's 618 square miles, even the dispatch center would have trouble
hearing calls come in sometimes.
also had interference from other entities," said Wood County Sheriff Mark
Wasylyshyn. "We didn't have what's called a PL, or private line, on those
channels, so you had bleed-over from other fire departments that were on the
same channel in other counties."
new antennas allow all portable devices to reach one another and the dispatch
center, so when it comes to any type of emergency, there is a more direct way
for one department to communicate with another.
key is to be able to have one entity be able to talk to another," the sheriff
said. "Whether it's
a firefighter being able to talk to our dispatchers, or one fire truck being
able to talk to another fire truck, now they'll have county-wide communication
with each other thanks to the canopy system and the new frequencies that we