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Equipment issues create problems for emergency responders

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Emergency equipment issues for one part of Oak Island could delay how fast emergency workers are able to respond in the case of an emergency. Emergency equipment issues for one part of Oak Island could delay how fast emergency workers are able to respond in the case of an emergency.

OAK ISLAND, NC (WECT) – Emergency equipment issues for one part of Oak Island could delay how fast emergency workers are able to respond in the case of an emergency.

Fire Chief Chris Anselmo says workers are having reception problems with their portable communication units throughout a five-and-a-half-mile stretch between Northeast 64th Street and Caswell Beach Drive.

Anselmo says it's an equipment problem that they've been dealing with for weeks, adding that the problem lies with the Viper radio units that are used by emergency stations throughout Brunswick County.

Anselmo says they've had reception issues and problems with page outs between that five mile stretch. According to the chief, tones are going out – but the voice is not activated.

Luckily, the fire department hasn't had to deal with any major injuries or emergency situations, but Chief Anselmo says he's concerned about what could happen if the problem isn't fixed quickly.

"Timely response is key to anything that we do," said Anselmo. "It all flows smoothly from the first 911 call until the response is complete, and you have to have a good communication system for that to work."

Chief Anselmo says they have brought this to the attention of the county manager, as well as the county emergency services director.

Anselmo, along with the police chief and the town manager, has plans to meet with county leaders July 2 to discuss possible solutions.

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