CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said Monday she is working to secure funding to upgrade communications equipment for local police and other emergency services in Jefferson County.
Jefferson County's communication system handles dispatching for seven police departments, five fire departments and other operations, Capito said in a news release.
The radio system is about 20 years old and has poor coverage and interference problems, Capito said.
Capito said it is important for Jefferson County to have an upgraded radio system in case an emergency causes a mass evacuation from Washington, D.C.
The new communication system was "secured" in a House bill June 29, and the issue is expected to be taken up in a similar bill in the Senate, Capito spokesman Jordan Stoick said.