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New Communication Tower Aims to Improve Emergency Response Times

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Updated: Mon, 05 May 2014 07:28:41 MST

MESA COUNTY, Colo. - The Grand Junction Regional Communications Center has received permission from to install a new communications tower in the Collbran/Plateau Valley area.


Officials say this tower aims to help all law enforcement agencies and local fire departments emergency response times. 


Authorities across the Grand Valley are using what’s called the 800 digital trunked radio systems.


The Plateau Valley Fire Department and other agencies are having trouble with communication response times.


To help improve communications authorities will be adding a 120 foot communications tower.


"Often times the responding law enforcement units are either trying to contact them by cell phone really sketchy radio connection communications that really places them in an unsafe situation,” said Monica Million with the Grand Junction Communication Center.


"We have most of our district is not able to communicate on the 800 radio system so we've continued to use the vhf radio system,” said Plateau Valley Fire chief Mike Lockwood.


Officials say the tower will help communications in most rural areas in or near the Grand Mesa.  


The Plateau Valley Fire department has a service area of 840 square miles.


Authorities say they are still working on a date to start construction.



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