CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved more than $3.7 million in contracts for a new public safety radio system that eventually will allow all emergency responders to talk to each other on UHF frequencies.
Motorola received the largest contract, $2.7 million to provide the county with an integrated UHF radio system that will require transmitting and receiving sites around the county, said Jerry Flasher, the county's director of emergency services.
Alcatel of Plano, Texas, was awarded a $674,000 contract to provide a digital microwave system to connect all of the UHF sites. JG Contracting Co. of Pittsburgh was given a site development contract of $369,000 for a new tower and communications shed on Clark's Knob in Letterkenny Township.
"The existing tower is at or above capacity," said Chuck Nhot of L. Robert Kimball Associates, which is acting as consultant to the county on the radio project. At 250 to 300 feet in height, he said the new tower will be "a very significant piece of steel."