- Associated Press - Sunday, August 17, 2014

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Southaven’s Fire Department is getting a new radio communications system to replace 18-year-old equipment.

Fire Chief Ronnie White tells The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1q5e6dt) the new equipment is needed because of upgrades to the DeSoto County 911 communications network, the system on which the fire department, EMS and police operate.

White says the upgrade will cost $350,000 and will be implemented in two phases.

The first phase will include purchase of new equipment, including hand-held radios, out of this year’s budget. Additional spending on the system is planned for 2015.

Alderman William Brooks says the upgrades are a matter of necessity for public safety in Southaven.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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