Upgrades underway at 911 center in Jonesboro

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "This type of radio is going to be around for the next 10-15 years without any problems," said E 911 Director, Jeff Presley.

These radios are a part of upgrades underway now at Jonesboro's E-9-1-1 department.

"Project 25 is going to plan for the future of the radios," said Presley.

E 9-1-1 Director Jeff Presley says this Project 25 system will allow for different departments citywide to communicate with each other and in some cases respond in an organized manner if something unexpected happens.

"Project 25 is a code word Department of Homeland Security has come up with. It came about after 9/11, they found out real quick departments couldn't talk to each other," said Presley.

Presley says these upgrades will allow for digital and analogs signals to essentially work together to allow for inner-operability.

In addition, he says with radio technology switching to narrow band, this will allow the city to be prepared for the change.

"This system is going to replace that old stock and upgrade us," said Presley.

Presley says statewide narrow band compliance will be mandatory by 2013. He adds being Project 25 compliant will also be key in helping cities secure grant money, which Presley says helps tremendously with training and preparedness activities.

"You have to stay ahead of the game, if you wait until everyone else gets the upgrades, you're going to be left behind," said Presley.

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