“The company has to write the coding for the repeater to do that and we should have it in a couple weeks.”

— Laura Webster, 911 operations manager

MOUNT VERNON — Knox County has not yet completely made the transition to the MARCS radio system because Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District has still not completely made the switch. Other fire, police and EMS agencies in the county have completed the process.

EKCJFD Chief Larry Stimpert said the department has been having some trouble with battery life in their dual-band portable radios, as well as their “emergency banner.”

“We received the grant from the State Fire Marshal’s Office to buy extra batteries and charges for the portable radios,” Stimpert said. “But we haven’t received them yet.”

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Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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