Gloucester adopts new emergency communications system

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Dec 22, 2010 - 03:59 PM

Photo: Gloucester County recently put its new communications system into service. The sheriff’s department is already using the system, with volunteer fire and rescue and some county departments to follow in early 2011. Shown inside the temporary emergency communications center are, from left, dispatchers Linda Hilling and Cindy Callis. Photo by Bill Nachman.

Gloucester County recently put its new communications system into service. The sheriff’s department is already using the system, with volunteer fire and rescue and some county departments to follow in early 2011. Shown inside the temporary emergency communications center are, from left, dispatchers Linda Hilling and Cindy Callis. Photo by Bill Nachman.

After years of planning, Gloucester County recently put its new radio communications system into operation.

Garrey Curry, Gloucester’s public works director, said the new radio system went online Dec. 6. Initially, only the sheriff’s office is using the new system, Curry said, with plans to convert the radio service for volunteer fire and rescue squads and for several county departments—including utilities, animal control, and buildings and grounds—early in 2011.

"It’s fantastic," D.W. Warren, chief deputy of the Gloucester Sheriff’s Office, said of the new system. It provides law enforcement officers with "a comfortable feeling," he said, since they have much better access to emergency dispatchers, other officers and first responders in the field.