New Radios for Parsons Police and Fire - FOX 14 TV Joplin and Pittsburg News Weather Sports |

New Radios for Parsons Police and Fire


New radios are on the way for the men and women who protect the people of Parsons, Kansas. The Parsons City Commission unanimously approved the purchase and replacement of the handheld radios used by Parsons police and fire.

"Lives depend on our ability to communicate not just with our dispatchers, and to ask for additional help, but also interoperability for any kind of major event, and that's not when you want to break down," said Parsons Police Chief Robert Spinks. 

Parsons police officers and firefighters currently use a model of radio that's been discontinued and is no longer serviced by Motorola. They say that situation is a money drain.

"The repairs get sold to a third party after the main company discontinues the product so finding the parts is harder and just not cost effective," said Parsons Fire Chief Jay Hawks.

But with new radios on the way, that's a problem of the past. Instead, these two chiefs, and soon their teams, will be focusing on the new features of their new radios.

"They're a rugged built radio. Bigger knob for glove hands such as a firefighter. The waterproof rating is much higher than we had before," said Chief Hawks.

"And it gives us the capability to have 96 different channels of communication so depending on what ever the incident may be, we're in a position to connect with all those emergency and helping agencies," said Chief Spinks. 

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KFJX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.

KFJX - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
FCC Public File
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@fox14tv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments: to comments@fox14tv.com
Phone: (417) 782-1414 or (620) 230-0565
Web comments or questions: webmaster@fox14tv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158