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Construction Begins on Public Safety Radio Towers

Sangamon County officials have announced the start of construction on all four radio towers required for the implementation of the STARCOM21 radio system. This significant advancement in public safety communications was approved by the Sangamon County Board in 2021 and is set to transform the way local law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency medical services (EMS) operate.

With a total budget of $13.9 million, over the course of 15 years, the county-wide upgrade of the public safety radio system aims to tackle communication challenges and enhance interoperability among various agencies. The project will eliminate communication gaps and empower first responders to coordinate their efforts more effectively, ultimately ensuring the safety and well-being of Sangamon County residents.

The STARCOM21 radio system introduces a range of improvements, including enhanced portability. Handheld devices will replace the current vehicle-mounted radios, allowing first responders to maintain mobility and adaptability during operations. This feature boosts efficiency and agility during emergency situations, enabling swift and coordinated responses to incidents.

Sangamon County officials extend their gratitude to Brandt, Bunn-O-Matic, and the Village of Illiopolis for generously leasing land for the construction of the new radio towers. Their invaluable contributions have played a vital role in ensuring the successful implementation of this infrastructure upgrade.

Sheriff Jack Campbell acknowledged the impact of the STARCOM21 radio system, remarking, "This advanced technology represents a milestone in enhancing the capabilities of our first responders. By enabling reliable communication across agencies, it will result in faster response times and improved overall public safety."

Once construction is complete, Sangamon County's first responders will benefit from reliable and effective communication systems. County officials, in collaboration with partner agencies, eagerly anticipate the successful completion of this critical project.

"The STARCOM21 radio system highlights our commitment to modernizing public safety communication," emphasized Dave Mendenhall, County Board Member and Chair of the OEM/911 Committee. "This investment will strengthen our ability to protect and serve the community, ensuring a safer Sangamon County."


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