New radios expand emergency-service horizons | Politics | Macon.com

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New radios expand emergency-service horizons | Politics | Macon.com

About six months ago, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department got new radios, the first tangible part of a major upgrade to local emergency communications.

The new handsets took some getting used to, but minor problems were quickly addressed, said Sgt. Andy Tye, driver of Engine No. 2 at the Monroe Street fire station.

“It all went pretty smoothly,” he said.

Tye said he didn’t mind the old system but knew the need for a new one, which features clearer sound on the radios.

One feature is an emergency button that, once pressed by a firefighter in a dangerous spot, focuses all radio traffic on that person.

“That could be a very valuable function,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll never have to use it, but if we do, it’s there.”

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