When you have an emergency, you call for help. When help is dispatched, they use the radios that emergency personnel carry on them and in their vehicles. The emergency frequencies on the radio band networks can, from time to time become clogged with other traffic. This can stem from HAM radio operators, walkie-talkies, cell phones and any other number of electronic devices that use radio waves. When this occurs, radio frequencies need to be changed to ensure open lines of communication between emergency responders and personnel.
On Tuesday, May 7th, Wireless Advanced Communications (WAC); Public Safety Division set their mobile shops up in Roscommon County to change the emergency radio frequencies in the handheld units and vehicular units. With two locations running, one in the Houghton lake Kmart parking lot and the other at the Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office in Roscommon, departments took their radios and vehicles to their predetermined locations for changes.
WAC is headquartered in the states of Colorado and Wyoming, and began the rebanding process in Michigan last August. Going county by county, vehicle by vehicle, each one taking between 25 and 40 minutes to reband, it is a long and tedious process to complete. Andrew Bishop from WAC noted, “We have mobile carts with the laptops on them so we can do multiple vehicles at a time, that helps to speed it up a little for us.”
By Kevin Howe