- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - DeSoto County is on a direct line toward a state-of-the-art, $9.2 million emergency service radio system for first responders that next year will replace an aging, increasingly glitchy communications system.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/1rFQQDg ) the county’s Emergency 911 District Commission this week approved a bond-funding proposal and authorized signing of contracts. Officials say the benefits are huge: improved coverage for fire, police and paramedic crews, seamless links across the state and more safety for area citizens during disasters and on a daily basis.

Commissioner Chis Shelton, Southaven’s director of information technology and emergency communications, says the new system, which will replace one installed in 1991, has been under review for more than two years.

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

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