Angelina County Commissioners Court purchases radio towers to aid emergency responders

Angelina County Commissioners Court purchases radio towers to aid emergency responders
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 2:01 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 10:36 PM CDT
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ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - On Tuesday, the Angelina County commissioners court voted unanimously to approve using CARES Act Funds for the purchase and replacing radio base systems and towers that will aid emergency responders in Diboll and Zavalla.

County Judge Keith Wright explained the base radio systems in the two cities are owned by the city of Lufkin. They have not been maintained and software updates stopped when EMS services were eliminated outside of the city.

“They can’t be able to get contact with anyone to get backup or whatever. That is very dangerous and safety issue for our officers and not only for them but for the volunteer fire departments as well,” said Wright.

Angelina County will be purchasing the bases radios from the city of Lufkin for $30,000 to get them repaired.

Commissioners also approved to purchase radio towers in Diboll and Zavalla; Diboll’s tower costing $29,400, and Zavalla’s costing $26,800.

Chief Deputy Mark Mclin said the towers have been operational in previous years but are now completely shut down due to hardware and software malfunctions.

“When you get to Diboll or south of Huntington there’s no service whatsoever on walkie talkies, so they’re not able to communicate. We can’t get updates on patients, status for ambulances. We can’t give out locations if an officer gets in a bind asking for another unit. They can’t communicate,” said Mclin.

Mclin said the radio towers will take anywhere from two to three weeks to be back up and running.

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