- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (AP) - Olive Branch Board of Aldermen has voted to spend thousands of dollars for new radios that will bring emergency personnel into the digital age.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://bit.ly/1HfsMim) the aldermen also decided Tuesday to buy replacement breathing equipment that firefighters use when going into burning buildings.

In all, the city earmarked over $1 million for public safety from $8 million in bonds. Officials will be working in committee to determine how the balance will be spent. Another $4 million in bonds issued last year went to road resurfacing.

Ken Givens, deputy fire chief, told an alderman committee recently that breathing apparatus is getting dangerously close to expiration. The equipment soon won’t pass inspection. Mayor Scott Phillips, who was second-in-command at the fire department before being elected, supported the request.

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


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