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Big Radio Upgrade Debuted For Maryland First Responders

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The new Statewide 700 MHz communication systems will tie together first responders from around the state.
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The new Statewide 700 MHz communication systems will tie together first responders from around the state.

A big upgrade to emergency radio communications in Maryland is being unveiled today. A new system, called the Maryland First Responders Interoperable Radio System Team (Maryland FiRST), will get its first use today in Baltimore.

Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to make the first call on the digital statewide radio communications system for during an event at the World Trade Center at Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

The system is designed to provide state agencies and local jurisdictions with secure radio communications during emergency situations. They have been working on implementing the system since November of 2010.


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