Jason Jones, Tift County Emergency Management Agency director, tells FOX 31 Tuesday that a radio upgrade that has been in the works for the past year and a half is now complete.
Through SPLOST funds, the radio system has been upgraded from a 800 MHz 4.1 trunked communications system to a state-of-the-art P25 Digital 800 MHz system.
Jones said disparate communications systems were a huge problem on 9-11.
With the new system, the county now has the ability to reach all law enforcement, fire, emergency management and Public Works offices in all of Tift County, including the cities of Tifton and Omega.
Another major benefit is the ability to get the word out very quickly. In the past, if there was a major incident such as a crime in progress or severe weather, the fire dispatcher would call the fire department, the police dispatcher would call the police, and so on.