The new system will be compatible with the provincial system to allow easy communication with other agencies.
City of Medicine Hat first responders will be getting a long awaited upgrade to the mobile radio system. City Council last night approved a tender that will see the $2.5 million project upgrade not only the radios, but also the dispatch console in the 9-1-1 centre. Mayor Ted Clugston says the upgrades will allow the city to communicate with the provincial network in the case of an emergency. Clugston says, "We had to get involved with the provincial system obviously, so that we can communicate with first responders across the province. It is an expensive upgrade, make no mistake." Clugston added the current radio system is antiquated and was in need of replacement regardless. The new radios and system are expected to be transitioned into operation sometime next February or March. ~~ Warren Affleck