The Columbus Fire Department plans to buy new radio equipment that will be in line with state standards.
The Columbus Board of Public Works and Safety has approved nearly $155,000 to purchase the equipment.
As reported earlier, the 38 new devices will operate on a digital system that will interface with state system.
Columbus Fire Chief David Allmon says 2008 floods illuminated the city’s need for better communication tools.
“When we have unified command in case with disaster, then we will be able to talk amongst each other without having to relate messages because of radio system was not compatible as anybody else.” Allmon says.
Allmon says his department should be using the radios within the next few months.