At their regular meeting Monday evening, the Polk County Board of Commissioners approved funding to improve public safety radio communication countywide by connecting with Henderson County’s Nexedge System.
The Board of Commissioners voted to transfer $659,966 from the Polk County fund balance to the county’s Capital Project Fund for the Co-Wide Communication Project Ordinance that will connect Polk County to Henderson County’s Nexedge System.
“This is phase two of a project that was started in the prior fiscal year,” Polk County Manager Marche Pittman said. “The project will help emergency responders communicate with our 911 center and each other when they are responding to our citizens.”
Connecting with Henderson County’s Nexedge System will result in Polk County’s public safety workers, firefighters and other emergency management personnel having improved emergency radio communication throughout the county.
The improvement should result in better coverage countywide for all emergency responder radio communications which should help Polk County personnel better serve the public safety needs of citizens.
“This was a much needed investment in the safety of our first responders and the public,” Polk County Sheriff Timothy L. Wright said. “I’m proud of the hard work by our Communications Center staff, the coordination with the County Manager’s Office and the support of the Board of Commissioners in recognizing this serious need and addressing it right now. There is no doubt that the people of Polk County will be safer because of this investment in our future.”