SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA) — Those living in Springdale will soon see the benefits of a new emergency radio system in the city.
On Tuesday night the Springdale City Council approved a $4 million radio system for both the Springdale Police and Fire Department.
“That was a big step for us in the interoperability range in Northwest Arkansas,” Fire Chief Mike Irwin said.
Irwin says Springdale is following in the footsteps of surrounding cities like Rogers and Fayetteville.
“This is the state-wide system and we can go anywhere in the state once we get this up and running and be able to talk back and forth on our radios.”
Communication between firefighters, officers and the dispatch center will be revamped, and so will radio coverage. Thus, making it safer for the community and those in blue.
“It has GPS. We’ll be able to locate not only the rigs, but also our personnel. If they’re in a building, we’ll be able to see where they’re at in that building,” Irwin said.
While Springdale has the means for this technology, Irwin says smaller cities will eventually adopt the new system.
“A lot of them have one or two radios we can talk to them back and forth, just not every unit. Benton County is going to it so that will mean even the smaller cities will be going to that as well. I know Benton County has offered to help the smaller communities off-set that cost a little bit,” Irwin adds.
The system will take time to be fully implemented. Changes could be felt by December 2019.