It appears a lack of DETCOG funding to help assist local volunteer fire departments make a mandated Federal Communications Commission change in paging equipment, has silenced two-way radio communications between the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and local volunteer fireman.
Earlier this week the older analog radio paging equipment was unplugged at the sheriff’s office, which was reportedly interfering with the new digital equipment, according to an article on ShelbyCountyToday.com. The story says Sheriff Willis Blackwell requested the analog equipment be shutdown because it was interfering with the digital frequency. It was also mentioned that sheriff’s office dispatch has been calling the different fire department chiefs to notify of fires in their area.
The Shelbyville VFD is among the local departments using a 9-1-1 texting service that sends out a message alerting them of a call.
ShelbyCountyToday.Com’s report says County Judge Rick Campbell, DETCOG and local fire departments are looking for a solution. We reminded you, just because there’s been a change in communications, your particular volunteer fire department will continue to serve you.
The Joaquin VFD is reminding residents they can call 269-3800 for an emergency in the Joaquin area, according to Fire Chief Perry Pugh.