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.