St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley signed a $75 million contract Thursday with Motorola Solutions, a long two years after it was approved by voters.
The contract allows modern interoperable radio communications for police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and essential local government agencies throughout St. Louis County.
Currently, emergency response agencies operate on their own individual radio systems, which makes coordination for daily work and emergency incidents difficult.
In November 2009, voters passed an Emergency Communications Sales Tax of one-tenth of a cent which provided funding for the St. Louis County Emergency Communications Commission to move forward with a plan to bring over 150 agencies and organizations under a single radio umbrella, which will allow them to communicate by radio with each other.
The next question is how long will it take to implement the program?
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