COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Columbus County Commissioners bought a radio system two years ago, but say they're having reception issues. Additionally, because the one-year warranty on them is up, any repairs might have to come out of the county's pockets.
Kay Worley, the county's emergency services director, says that since the county is so large geographically, it's hard for some emergency radios to get reception.
Therefore, emergency workers can't communicate with dispatchers or each other, which could put them in a dangerous situation.
"The county doesn't own any of the cell phone towers," said Worley. "In the event we do have to put up additional tower sites in the county, then we might have to piggyback off cell phone towers in the county we already have. That could be a cost to the county."
Thursday, Worley and engineers with the company Kenwood, which sold the county the emergency radios, toured half of the six cell phone tower sites in the county, where they tested equipment.
Worley says that county officials are concerned that the only solution could be adding more towers.
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