MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Marshall County 911 officials are trying to resolve a communications problem with the installation of three new towers.
The county commission approved a land purchase for a second site last week.
Officials know there's been a problem, but it really came to light just over a year ago when an Arab police officer was shot and they had major communication issues with their radios.
The Marshall County 911 now wants to upgrade their radio capabilities to eliminate dead spots in the county.
Executive Director Johnny Hart said they've put the money back to pay for the towers. He said they particularly have problems in the north and western part of the county.
A consultant has completed a study making note where to put the towers.
Hart believes completion of the towers is still a year and a half away but says communication among responding agencies is vital.
"Being here at 911 and seeing what you deal with and things you have to work with and you can't talk with each other, you have to do something where you can and it takes time and sometimes can be saving a life," said Hart.
Hart said they want to upgrade to the new P25 system, which will allow for different agencies to speak among themselves.
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