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EMS to purchase new equipment

By The Mercury

Riley County Emergency Management will purchase equipment to provide better communication for all emergency services.

The department will add a voter repeater radio amplifier because the Riley County Police Department and other emergency services have experienced difficulties with their portable radios.

The problems have been acute in certain areas, including Ogden and Wildcat Creek Valley, emergency management director Pat Collins told the county commission on Thursday.

The machine picks up signals from the radios and distributes it, making it easier for emergency services to communicate with each other.

Ogden had become a particular problem area for Riley County police.

“That area is a real dead zone for our officers,” said Capt. Jeff Hooper of RCPD. “Our dispatchers can’t hear, so we’re looking for every way to remedy that.”

The voter repeater will serve all Riley County emergency services.

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