Major Milestone in York County Public Safety Radio Project

York County Commissioners Steve Chronister, Doug Hoke and Chris Reilly today announced the completion of a major milestone for York County’s new public safety radio system.

The Board of Commissioners in December 2013 approved moving ahead with the new radio system, a critical tool used by first responders and dispatchers to communicate in response to emergencies. The new system is required to comply with the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which requires York and other jurisdictions to vacate their existing radio frequencies.NewRadios

The County was notified Wednesday that the FCC has granted the County’s request for new, 700 mhz radio frequencies that will be used on the new system, the Commissioners announced.

The approval is crucial because demand for frequencies in the range is expected to outpace supply as more governments come into compliance with the Middle Class Tax Relief act.

“By moving rapidly to secure these frequencies, we’ve ensured access to the best radio spectrum available today for public safety use,” said Commissioner Chris Reilly. “Failure to act could have left emergency responders using a patchwork of frequencies on different bands, which is expensive to build and inefficient to maintain.”

Approval of the frequencies culminates approximately 20 months of work. The County’s application had to first be reviewed by regional FCC planning committees to ensure the system would not interfere with adjacent systems. The County also had to justify the number of channels needed and show that sufficient funding is in place to follow-through on the project.

Plans call for the new system to launch in mid-2017. Contractors are currently installing equipment for the radio and microwave systems on communication towers located through the County.

For more background on the system, please go here.

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