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City searches for better emergency communication coverage

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A panhandle city searches for a better place to install city-wide radio communication coverage for the area's emergency crews.
 The city of Scottsbluff is looking to move the city's 'fire and police repeaters' from the Public Safety Building to the Regional West Medical Center.

Radio repeaters help police and firefighters send and receive radio transmissions to one another.

At their current location, emergency crews experience a number of dead spots throughout the Scottsbluff-Gering region, causing communication issues.

One of the city's dead spots is at the Regional West Medical Center.

Since emergency crews spend a lot of time in and out of the hospital, city officials have decided something must be done.
"We've done several beta testing's with that and have come up with the best solution to give us the cover, both fire and police, throughout our community, that we need," says Mayor Meininger.  "And to allow better communication at the hospital."
Mayor Meininger says the only other option to improve communications at the hospital is to add another repeater. This would mean re - programming every radio in the region which can be costly.


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