By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer

The Morgan County Emergency 911 implemented an upgraded advanced communication system, with a $379,00 budget, on Mar. 19. The new system is a Tracked Turbo high brand radio system from Motorola Solutions. The Emergency 911 Communicator System project manager is Richard Jones with Metropolitan Communications, located in Carrollton, Ga. The monies for funding the radio system were taken from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).

“This new system will greatly increase radio coverage for all Public Safety agencies for Morgan County, including Morgan County Fire, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, entities in the City of Madison including Fire and Police, and National EMS will all benefit from the new radio system,” said Mark Melvin, fire chief for Morgan County Emergency Services.

According to Melvin, the high band radio system uses three channels with six talk paths which utilize two sites located throughout Morgan County. The new radio system upgrade has been completed and is up and fully operational. The radio project was approved by the Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting in September 2013.

Melvin believes this system is another factor in building a safer community. “With the safety of Morgan County residents at the forefront, effective communication from public safety officers is essential. Morgan County is moving in a direction that promotes increased safety through effective communication, with the radio system being one of the most advanced assets to date,” said Melvin. Robert Markley, the Morgan County sheriff, noted the vast improvement of this new system.

“This new greatly upgraded radio system is like night and day compared to our old system. I feel confident that this will greatly improve the safety for all public safety personnel,” said Markley.

Melvin is confident that this new system will invaluable to the community.