Police and fire and EMS units hook up with Calhoun County's P25 radio system — a complex set of equipment, software and signals fired over high-powered microwave frequencies.
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JACKSONVILLE — Quotes for a study of the countywide emergency radio system were discussed during the Calhoun County 911 Board meeting Thursday…
Local leaders took another step toward saving the radio system that allows first responders quick, simple communication, though a fix may not soon arrive.
The countywide P25 radio system allows police, fire, EMA, 911 and other organizations to communicate at the flip of a switch.
Piedmont Rescue and EMS gets between 800 and 900 total calls each year, and usually is able to get to scenes in Jacksonville within 15 minutes, it was reported during the council work session.
Emergency first responders had been tracking the storm for hours, and when the tornado hit, they were ready to go. It was that preparedness that allowed them to respond so quickly, they said.
Katie Alldredge thought she had plenty of time to get to the hospital once the contractions started. Then she realized they weren't going to make it.
Calhoun County's E911 took 79,564 calls in 2018, according to reports Adams provided — a far cry from the call volume and expectations when the first-ever 911 call was made 51 years ago on Feb. 16, 1968, in the northwestern Alabama town of Haleyville.
Jacksonville State University police are set to return to in-house dispatch services in July, less than a year after outsourcing those duties in the expectation of improved efficiency.