Rockwall County commissioners voted unanimously to spend $8 million to upgrade the public safety radio systems used by emergency services and public safety officials all across the county. The new system will allow communications between all emergency services for the first time.
This new public safety radio system will allow faster response for law enforcement, fire departments and ambulance services, and coordination between all public safety departments, especially in the event of a disaster.
County Judge David Sweet and County Sheriff Harold Eavenson said the recent tornadoes in the area demonstrated just how bad the existing system is, and the need for the upgrade, justifying the $8 million price tag.
The new public safety radio system is expected to come online sometime within the next 18-24 months.