OEC Outreach Clips: Failing Radio System Concerns Hot Springs Emergency Officials, Source Arkansas Matters – AR

Failing radio communications have put safety at risk for emergency officials in Hot Springs.  Both the Hot Springs Fire and Police Departments have asked the city to upgrade their radio system but it would take a property tax increase.  Officials say the system is worn out, undependable and hampers emergency operations.  Poor broadcast quality and coverage issues have led both agencies to plead for the updated system.  When the Majestic Hotel burned to the ground in 2014, neither agency could communicate with each other for 72 hours.  Fire Lt. Davin Anderson said, “There’s been instances where we’re fighting fire on the inside, needing to make communications with incident command or safety officer on the outside and just unable to do it.” Failing Radio System Concerns Hot Springs Emergency Officials