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Marion County Commission Responds To Radio Issues
Written by Tom Kippen
Last updated on March 01, 2013 @ 7:46PM
Created on March 01, 2013 @ 7:21PM
 
On Wednesday at a fire in Pleasant Valley, the Chief Of The Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department said he wasn't pleased with the radios they use to communicate with one another, and the frequency they operate on.  Friday we heard from a member of the Marion County Commission, Butch Tennant said that he didn't feel the complaints were accurate. Tennant did emphasize that the commission does everything they can to support our Volunteer Fire Departments

Chief David Shields told 5 News that he was angry the commission kept pushing the trunk system when his department was still on the high band system. He warned us if the problem doesn't get fixed soon it could get someone killed. The Marion County Commission said in a statement released Friday that volunteer fire departments do have the ability to use the trunk system and that $980,000 for radio upgrades has been provided to volunteer fire departments alone.
 
"I really don't feel that was an very accurate statement, I think people using the radios might get somebody killed that don't know how to operate them and don't want to switch over to the new radios. We here at the Marion County Commission have been very supportive of the fire departments." Said Butch Tennant, Marion County Commissioner
 
Tennant also told 5 News that the Fairmont Police and Fire Departments use the trunk system with no issues.

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Mar 01, 2013 at 10:54 PM
I have used both the high band and trunk system. They both are far from working right. The new high band pagers are even worse cant understand half of what the 911 is telling us. Due to none of these working right there is times we have to call the 911 center to get info. This in turn slows our response to the people in need.
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