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October 23, 2013

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

The Milledgeville Fire Department is ready to completely switch to the 700-megahertz radio system.

Currently, Baldwin County Fire Rescue doesn’t work under that system. The county fire department still operates “Turbo” Digital VHF radios.

The city agreed to wait for the county in the best interest of fire scene communications.

Plans are to switch over to the new system by Nov. 15. 

“The county indicated to us that by the 15th of November or before they would have radios sufficient, so the county firemen could use the same radio and everybody would be on the same system,” City Manager Barry Jarrett said. “We haven’t been informed that they have them yet.”

Councilwoman Jeanette Walden, District 2, asked what would happened if the county didn’t get the necessary radios.

“They are going to have them by Nov. 15. That was our agreement,” Bentley said. “We did say whether they have them by then or not, we are going to the new system.”

Funding shortages placed the county behind the 700-radio supply train.

The county fire department has some 700 models but needs additional portables to fully integrate the entire combination full-time and volunteer department. 

Either by grant, lease-purchase or purchase means County Commission Chair Sammy Hall promised in September to get those radios by “whatever means we have to.”

City Manager Jarrett said previously each radio costs $3,400, originally purchased by joint city and county Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds.

Anywhere from a $120,000 to $170,000 price tag for the additional radios depends on final assessment, according to County Manager Ralph McMullen’s previous statements. 

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