Brunswick County Board of Comissioners moves to approve radio upgrades for first responders

The Brunswick County Administration Building
The Brunswick County Administration Building
Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 2:56 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 3:52 PM EDT
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners unanimously moved to approve a request to use $3.16 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to upgrade and/or buy over 500 radios for the sheriff’s office, emergency management department and health department. The commissioners made the decision at their meeting on Monday, August 1.

Elizabeth Bynum from the finance department at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office brought the request to avoid the radios costing more in the future. She writes that pricing quotes have risen by 22-26% since early 2021.

The radios will be upgraded or bought to allow for Time Division Multiple Access, allowing for two “paths” on a single channel. In other words, people speaking on one path couldn’t hear those on the other path and vice-versa, allowing two sets of conversations on a single channel.

The county plans to distribute 505 radios to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and its security, law enforcement, 911 communications and Animal Protective Services departments. Emergency management would receive eight radios, and the health department would receive 12 radios.

You can view the full agenda for the August 1 Brunswick County Board of Commissioners meeting here.

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