- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

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

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/1ycxppk ) Fire Chief Ronnie White recently asked the Board of Aldermen to amend the budget, allowing his department to move money to upgrade the old system from analog to digital. The cost is $350,000.

White said 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 said the radio upgrades will be done in two phases. The first phase, $314,837, will be to buy all the new equipment, including hand-held radios, out of this year’s budget. Phase 2 will be in the fiscal 2015 budget proposal that the city is working on now.

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

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