CARAWAY, AR (KAIT) - Wednesday afternoon, Caraway Fire Chief Scott Browning attempted to call dispatch through his handheld radio. After no response, Browning explained how this is hurting his community.
"Loud and clear." It's what first responders need to hear from dispatch when an emergency call goes out. But in one Craighead County town, all they're getting is static.
Until the problem is fixed, that's adding seconds and confusion to valuable response time.
The current fire paging system in the eastern part of the county is, as Browning explains, a hit or miss on the radios. The fire paging system is separate from the 911 system, which is 100% operational in the county according to E911 Director Jeff Presley.