Tower project nears completion

NORWICH – The last of three training sessions to assure that fire department’s pagers are connected to the county’s new Emergency Management Tower System will be held at 7 tonight in Sherburne.

The event marks the end of a four-year long, $6 million, capital construction overhaul of the county’s E-911 radio transmission system and towers.

The project, in concept, has been underway for more than a decade. Tower installations began with the completion of the Public Safety Facility in 2007. The updated emergency communications system replaces three towers constructed in the 1970s that served only 25 percent of the county with nine towers and 98 percent coverage. Frequencies went from four channels to 16.

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