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Facts for Proposition #2 for

Emergency Communications

Vote on November 5th

 

The Emergency Communications Radio System in Okanogan County is in critical need of improvements to prevent system failures.

Okanogan County, partner cities and partner agencies have an operational need for radio communications to provide emergency services to residents and visitors of Okanogan County. 

 

The existing  emergency radio communications infrastructure is at end of life and has insufficient capacity to support daily operations of Fire, EMS and Police responders.

  • Existing equipment based on 40 year old technology.

  • Equipment is at end of life - vendor support ends 2020.

  • Replacement parts no longer available.

  • System is used by all Fire, EMS and Police first responders.

  • Events dispatched to Fire, EMS and Police has increased 19.6% since 2011 but existing radio infrastructure capacity is still limited to 1 talk channel in nearly all areas.

  • Increased demand on dispatch systems requires radio system improvements.

System failures due to old equipment = delays in emergency response.

System failures due to old equipment = increased risk to citizens, property damage, personal injury and risk of injury to first responders.

The Emergency Communications sales tax will provide the resources for the necessary improvements to the Emergency  Communications system. 

 

Facts for Proposition #2 for Emergency Communications

Vote on November 5th

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