Neb. statewide radio network expands to cover 38 counties

Earlier this month, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman activated the Phase II of their Statewide Radio Network, connecting more than one-third of the state’s first responders. Gov. Heineman and several top emergency planning personnel indicated they were on schedule to have the whole state wired by the end of 2010.

The project is a joint partnership between the state and the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD), where the two entities plan to share the costs of developing a single radio station that can be operated jointly.

“When complete, this network will enable first responders across all levels of government and from border to border communicate,” Lt. Gov. and Director of Homeland Security Rick Sheehy said in a statement.

Phase II will see newly installed radios in Nebraska State Patrol vehicles, upgraded radio towers and communications equipment in the state’s Troop D dispatch center. When complete, Phase II will connect over 38 western counties, serving as a backbone for eight regional communications networks.

“Providing enhanced communication for our emergency response personnel is a top priority and it’s exciting to see the planning and cooperation of the past several years paying off,” Gov. Heineman said.

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