According to a report from The Tifton Gazette, Tift County (GA) Commission is considering purchasing 50 single-band Unication G4 P25 pagers to significantly improve dispatch and response time for the Tift County Fire/Rescue (TCFR) department.
Fire/Rescue Chief Joey Fowler proposed the new items for use by county firefighters to the Board of Commissioners. The total cost for the pagers would be $30,250, with an additional $1,000 to program them.
The TCFR currently uses an analog VHF radio with an 800-MegaHertz (mHZ) radio system for dispatch for use by paid personnel, and the analog VHF is meant for volunteer firefighters.
Fowler said implementing the pagers would allow all TCFR personnel to be alerted to emergencies and dispatched on a unified radio system, greatly increasing response and dispatch times.
He told County Commission that the pagers have already been tested and the purchase would come out of the county’s contingency fund, meaning it would not have to be budgeted.
Commissioners agreed to further discuss the purchase.