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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Pender County is working on expanding and updating its radio system in the 911 call center.
The current radio system only has the ability to let four 911 dispatch stations connect to it. However, the new one will be set up so six stations can connect to it right away.
It also has the ability to connect to over a hundred dispatch stations in the future.
The county sheriff says this will help during a natural disaster like a hurricane or as the county expands.
“In the event of a hurricane or another natural event that affects the entire county, it's extremely important to have more locations that the tele-communicators can get on and be able to talk to the public safety organizations in the field,” said Sheriff Carson Smith.
Sheriff Smith says the current radio system is about 10 years old, and the parts were becoming difficult to replace.
With the new system, that will not be an issue.
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