Erie County Mutual Aid Has Complete Radio System

Issue 12 and Volume 108.

Erie County Mutual Aid Has Complete Radio System Official inauguration ceremonies on July 19. 1955. marked completion of a two-way radio system which ties 10,000 volunteer firemen throughout Erie County, New York, into a hard-hitting team and dovetails them with the fire departments of Buffalo, Lackawana and Tonawanda into an integrated fire force. Harold Becker, Fire Cooidinator of Erie County, described the new radio system … “the greatest forward step in the fire history of Erie County.” The Erie County Fire Radio System sparks mutual aid operations by providing two-way radio communication with fire apparatus of 96 volunteer fire companies in the 1,000 square mile area around Buffalo. The radio-equipped volunteer units are more effective in Civil Defense since it would be impossible to coordinate their activities during an emergency without two-way radio. The Buffalo City Fire Department and the county volunteer fire companies have separate radio networks, but both…

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