Greene County Commission approves $5 million proposal for emergency communications

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Edited News Release/KY3) – The Greene County Commission on Tuesday approved a $5.2 million proposal to upgrade the Springfield County Emergency Communications Trunked Radio System -Greene.

The Trunked Radio System (TRS) consists of many interdependent components and functions, including communications for incident response operations, alerts and warnings, request for assistance and report, and exchange of public information.

Greene County is at a critical juncture in modernizing its aging radio fleet. This thorough and thoughtful response to county needs includes creative solutions while being at the forefront of improving first responder safety by leveraging investments the county has made in partnership with the Resource Radio System shared improved.

APX radios will allow the county to take advantage of new, better-designed features that can help improve safety and response. One of these included features is radio location, which allows a first responder’s APX radio to be displayed on a map during dispatch and in the field for better situational awareness in an emergency. .

Additionally, this proposition on APX radios is WiFi – which will allow first responder radios to roam over their WiFi-enabled vehicle hotspots and any pre-provisioned WiFi network. In reduced coverage areas, the APX radio seamlessly roaming to WiFi will increase coverage, reliability and resiliency, and the continuity of critical operations.

Combined with these unique features, the APX radio delivers best-in-class audio quality and reliability without compromise – ensuring that, more importantly, the voice of the first responder is heard loud and clear. The APX radio is designed, tested and proven on the ASTRO Zone 4 system used by the Sheriff’s Office. The audio specifications of the APX radios make operation optimal in the new digital trunking system.

The $5,217,126 was approved to come from Greene County U.S. Bailout funding, with $291,642 coming from the Greene County Department of Highways budget.

“The Commission is pleased to be able to upgrade our radio equipment for first responders, as the outdated analog equipment was no longer compatible and had a number of transmission difficulties,” said Commissioner President Bob Dixon. “The US Treasury has provided the necessary flexibility in the ARPA guidelines, and this has greatly benefited county taxpayers and those who deal with our public safety every day. With this upgrade to digital equipment, our law enforcement officers will have better tools and be better able to keep the public safe.

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