This week, Florence County Emergency Services will take gradual steps away from the old analog radio system.
“We are thankful that we are moving to the digital now because the system is out of date,” mentioned Dusty Owens, Florence County Emergency Management Director.
The county spent $15 million to upgrade its system, thanks to 2013’s penny sales tax.
It has added two additional transmission towers with hopes of improving communication between first responders and dispatch.
“The responders who are coming for help are now more capable of communicating with each other…they have a more reliable radio system. We now have better coverage for some areas in the county that before were dead spaces,” explained Owens.
The new system also makes it more convenient for those who work behind the scenes.
“With the radio, it doesn’t matter where I’m sitting…it makes our job a little bit easier,” said Mitch Fulmore, Training Coordinator for Florence County Central Dispatch.
Different emergency services will move to the digital radio system this week.
Law enforcement will make the transition on Tuesday.
The goal is to have all responders on digital by the end of the week.