The $4 million emergency radio system that contractors built for Barrow County Emergency Services about a year ago has never worked properly, sometimes putting emergency personnel and the public at risk.
Last week, county manager Randall Dowling hired a consultant from Louisiana for $25,000 to figure out what went wrong with the new system, who is responsible, and what has to be done to fix it.
“Since I have been here for two months, several operational issues keep coming up and the countywide communication system is one of them,” Dowling said Tuesday. “I have heard from many of the user agencies that they are unhappy with the system, so I had Tusa (Consulting Services II LLC) come here to perform an evaluation of the system from beginning to end. It will take a while to determine the problems.”
For the full story, see the Feb. 5 issue of the Barrow Journal.