Firefighting

Inefficient Radios Worry Pennsylvania Fire Officials

Several Allegheny County (PA) firefighters are frustrated by an inefficient radio communications network, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The problem isn’t new — the state’s topography has made communication via mobile radios a challenge for years. But as other areas have improved, parts of southwest Allegheny County still have poor coverage, Bridgeville fire Chief Bill Chilleo stated.

Concerned fire chiefs from 15 to 20 units in the Char-West Council of Governments have made enough noise to draw county Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Alvin Henderson, acting chief emergency services for Allegheny County, to their recent meeting at the Carnegie fire hall. They want county officials to commit to investing in equipment that will improve signals in remote areas.

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