ROGERS, Ark. (KFTA) — The Rogers fire and police departments increased safety Wednesday with the transition to a new radio system.
More than 150 radios will be installed and programmed throughout fire houses and vehicles of the two departments.
They’re being paid for by a bond issue that was passed by voters last August.
Chief Tom Jenkins said it’s the single most important piece of equipment on any response call.
“The one device that we use on every call, whether it’s a heart attack or somebody having trouble breathing or a car wreck or a fire is our portable two-way radio,” Jenkins said.
The old system was about 15 years old and was limited in coverage and intensity.
The new one has a much larger footprint, can reach radios in any building and keeps fire fighters and police better connected.