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Published: Monday, 3/12/2012

Rossford votes to join Lucas County emergency radio system


Taking a first step toward buying new police and fire radios, Rossford City Council voted unanimously Monday night on an agreement to join Lucas County’s 800-mhz radio system.

Later this summer, the city plans to purchase new radios, using about $70,000 from a $200,000 donation from Hollywood Casino Toledo. Rossford officials said current radios using the broadband frequency are outdated and need to be replaced to comply with federal requirements.

Switching to the 800-mhz system will make it easier for Rossford police and fire forces to talk not only to each other but also directly to the Toledo Police Department and the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, which they cannot currently do, city administrator Ed Ciecka said.

As part of the five-year agreement with Lucas County, the city will be required to pay about $8,100 annually for maintenance.

Mr. Ciecka called the 800-mhz system “a very good radio coverage for us,” adding the city will also be able to communicate with state police and several of Rossford’s neighbors, including Perrysburg Township and Northwood.

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