LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -The Lufkin Fire Department is a full-service department that provides fire, rescue, and medical services to Angelina County.
However, fire officials say they have had limited reception with their radio system.
"We have radios, but they are failing at an alarming rate. The batteries won’t stay connected, and the manufacturer says that they cannot correct that,” said Captain Ted Lovett.
Due to the batteries not connecting, firefighters are not able to communicate properly, according to Captain Ryan Watson.
"When the radio reloads, it reloads to the wrong channel, so now we have personnel on the same scene communicating on different channels,” Watson said.
Right now, dispatch does not have access to incident channels that firefighters use to communicate with.
"So they can’t monitor our communications. They are not recorded, so we can’t go back and replay and relive what happened,. We are limited on the number of them. and lot of the departments in our county and statewide are using those same channels,” Watson said.
Thanks to the $100,000 dollar grant from the E.L. Kurth Jr. Charitable Foundation , fire officials will be able to replace their old radios and update their communications system.
"Without grants, funding is very limited, and the grants help us obtain the additional training and equipment that we need” Watson said.
The new communications system is expected to be completed by the summer.