DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan Police and Fire Departments are in the process of receiving new radios.
This comes at a time where parts for the previous radios, which were bought in 2007, are no longer available.
Between both departments, they will be receiving 400 portable radios and 300 vehicle radios, and the new radios will have features the previous ones did not.
“There are components in these portable and mobile radios that will allow better communication for the two,” Dothan Police Chief Steven Parrish said. “Another thing is Bluetooth connectivity ability, and that’s particularly important in the fire department’s radio when they’re wearing their respirators.
“They don’t have to try to lean over and shout into a lapel mic, they can actually talk into the mask and communicate.”
Another exciting aspect of the new equipment is a noise reduction factor, for when officers are on scene.
The entire project is expected to cost around $2.1 million, but the department plans to sell the inoperable radios back to Motorola for $150 each.
“Well we got some new ones that are still in the boxes that we’re going to continue to use for years and years of the old style,” Parrish said. “So we’re going to spend the money as wisely as we can and upgrade when we have to.”
Parrish finished by explaining that this move is to help protect personnel that encounter dangerous scenarios.