County provides update to new $14-million 911 radio system
October 20, 2017
The Butler County Emergency Services has provided the Butler County Commissioners with a status update to the new ICORRS radio network, a $14-million-dollar P25 Phase 2 digital 911 radio system that will provide first responders with a larger, more reliable, and interconnected system to the entire county, and surrounding counties.
Towers will be erected and decommissioned as part of the new radio system. So far, the West Sunbury Fire Department will provide a rental-space for one of the new towers. The Butler County government will pay monthly to rent this land. A tower will be erected right off of Kohlmeyer Road in Marion Township. One tower is scheduled to be erected in Brady Township as well.
Consoles and FCC
Part of the upgrade includes new dispatch consoles. A dispatch console is a piece of equipment that is set on the desk which is hardwired into the nearest radio tower. The current consoles will soon be unsupported by Motorola, and new consoles have to be purchased.
The FCC was rumored to be removing the usage of the T-band for public safety offices, and selling them back to television networks and for private use. The county will be switching to the ICORRS network which is an 800-MHz digital radio system.