Livingston County upgrades public safety agencies to digital communications system

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Livingston County has officially transitioned all of its public safety agencies over to a new digital radio communications system.

Police, fire, EMS, and highway departments are now on one frequency and dispatch center, allowing communication throughout.

The project cost around $10 million, and was mostly funded with grants from the state.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office say it’s a huge upgrade to what they were using before.

“The old system is just that, it was old. You had to work on different towers to talk to different areas of the county,” said Bill Mann, director of communications for the Sheriff’s office. “Some guys in the northern part of the county couldn’t hear what they were doing in the southern part of the county as the guys were talking back on the radios.”

Livingston County says this is just the beginning of multiple upgrades in technology systems.

Eventually they hope to have a system that allows people to “livestream” with emergency departments to better assess situations.

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