POMEROY - In an effort to increase and provide statewide interoperability, the Ohio Department of Public Safety presented the Meigs County Sheriff's Office with portable and mobile radios this week.
These radios are compatible with the Multi-Agency Radio Communication System.
The system helps first responders communicate clearly anytime from anywhere, increasing their capacity in normal and emergency operations and decreasing response times, officials said.
"We are pleased to be able to make this equipment available to the Meigs County Sheriff's Office in support of their efforts to provide a safer community, and ultimately contribute to a safer Ohio," said John Born, ODPS director. "MARCS improves the availability, accessibility and quality of communications for first responders in the state."
The radios were purchased with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant, which are made available to states and are designed to enhance the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to prevent and respond to incidents. The Ohio Emergency Management Agency, a division of ODPS, serves as the state administering agency for homeland security funds.
The system is an 800 MHz radio and data network that utilizes state-of-the-art trunked technology to provide statewide interoperability. The system Program Office is housed within the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.