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New radio repeater frequency allows regional emergency communication

PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Dec. 10, 2010) — Fire, police and other emergency response agencies in Pulaski County could soon get a new repeater frequency allowing them to communicate with their colleagues in Laclede and Dent counties, Pulaski County 911 Director Michelle Graves reported at Thursday afternoon’s board meeting.

Graves reported on a grant for a Highway Z repeater that will eventually be part of a State Emergency Management Agency statewide repeater frequency system.

Waynesville Rural Fire Chief Doug Yurecko said the grant was originally going to include Phelps County but they opted out, so Dent County was added.

“You’ll be able to talk across the whole region … every county in Region I will get one of the repeaters eventually,” Yurecko said. “There will be no initial cost; we carry the upkeep but it’s just like the other repeaters; the repeater in Crocker didn’t cost anything for the first five years.”

Graves said that the 911 system continues to have problems with mapping of 911 calls on Fort Leonard Wood since some calls come in by postal address rather than building numbers. She’s met with public safety personnel on Fort Leonard Wood to address the issues.

“I feel really good about the meeting and I feel that it’ll be corrected, so that went good,” Graves said. “They were not aware of the postal addressing issue … I actually took them in to the dispatch room and showed them how they came in and how they worked, so they are well aware of how we operate and how it needs to be submitted.”

In other busines, Graves said she’s continuing to make arrangements for repair work on the 911 center’s emergency generator.

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