CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Cold War-era early-warning system in Franklin County, Pa., will be updated by the end of the year to give emergency personnel and citizens notice in times of natural or man-made disasters.
Director of Emergency Services Jerry Flasher said parts of the existing early warning system were installed in the 1950s and not much has been done to it since the 1960s.
"Since that time, the systems have become antiquated in terms of their technology," Flasher said.
On Thursday the County Commission opened two bids for the purchase and installation of 20 early-warning monitors at the fire departments and companies around the county. Kuhn's Radio Communications of Pleasant Hall, Pa., bid $38,985 and Sound Communications of Chambersburg bid $57,898.
Flasher said the project was budgeted at $40,000. The commissioners are scheduled to award or reject the bids next week.
"This is the main part of the expenditure," said Commissioner G. Warren Elliott..