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Spokane Implements New Emergency Response System

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KHQ.COM - Spokane has a new Regional Emergency Response System that will increase communication between police officers and firefighters.

This new digital system makes correspondence between the two emergency responders easier and more efficient. It allows them to communicate more directly via new software, technology, and radios.

"Now when a fire fighter gets called to a scene," explained Bob Lincoln, the director of Spokane's Regional Emergency Response System," and they need law enforcement, they can immediately have law enforcement people on scene, and vice versa."

The new system will provide more regional coverage, making for better communication to areas such as Cheney and all the way into Priest River.

This system first began in 2008 and will be completely implemented in Spokane come 2018. It costs over $75 million. $47 million of that cost went to capital construction, such as new towers.

And, not only will this system be extremely helpful for police and fire crews, it also is important for the safety of the people of Spokane.

"It helps the citizen because they get a quicker response and a better response," explained Lincoln.

Police departments transitioned to this new system on February 16 and come the beginning of April, fire departments all across Spokane will be transitioned as well.

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