According to this gentleman, the new multi-million dollar emergency communication system in St. Mary's leaves a lot to be desire, and might even cost lives one day.
P.S. If you are concerned about this issue, you might want to save a copy of the video. Sometimes, things like this have a tendency to disappear. "Yes, Mr. YouTube. County Gov Official Man here. This video is a national security risk. Would you please remove it?" I could relay a similar phone call we received, but then I would have to kill myself...or something like that.Published on Oct 7, 2013
These are the problems that all Public Safety Radio users are coming across in St. Mary's County Maryland. Fire, EMS & Police that require an instant connection to other emergency service responders and communication center officials rely on two way radios.
This video depicts just how bad the system is in St. Mary's County. This video shot at a house fire shows how a fire fighters portable will not allow him to talk to other fire fighters, which could be deadly in an emergency. The county which was told by the radio communications supplier Harris Radio Corporation the county would need around 14 communications towers throughout the county to provide reliable communications to 95% of the counties geographical area. The county director of Public Safety & Information Technology has put public safety officials on a radio system that only provides 6 radio towers with the rest to be added in the next few years.
Public Safety Personnel in St. Mary's County have been reporting issues to the Communications repair division over the last couple of months and get responses such as "We are looking in to it" or "You just need to power off the radio and turn it back on". In an emergency situation Fire Fighters, EMS & Police Officers don't always have time to reset a radio. The system that St. Mary's County has chosen is an 800MHz APCO P25 Phase II Trunked Radio System Installed by Harris Radio Corporation.
The real question is who is responsible when someone dies because of the lack coverage or hardware malfunctions?