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New broadband network to help first responders

First responders always try to be quick, however sometimes signals get mixed.

Posted: Oct 19, 2017 4:29 PM
Updated: Oct 19, 2017 4:29 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — First responders always try to be quick, however, sometimes signals get mixed.

Kevin McCombs, Assistant Chief of Training from Wabash Volunteer Fire Department, said this usually happens in rural areas with a spotty connection.

"Over the radio, stuff sounds different and you can mix some words up. I mean everyone's gone to the wrong spot before," said McCombs.

Currently, Wabash Volunteer Fire Department uses map-books to get where they need to go.

That will soon change with FirstNet, a new broadband system for first responders. Governor Holcomb recently opted Indiana into this program.

The new system won't pick up commercial broadband networks, which will allow for clear communication between departments.

It won't cost tax-payers any money. There will be a small fee for individual departments, however, McCombs said it will be affordable.

FirstNet's website said Indiana will start to see more towers in early 2018. Even though the whole state has access, it's not required for departments to have the equipment.

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