Radio coverage to increase

By Bradley Fields - [email protected]

Harlan County Emergency Management Director David McGill updated the board on the radio tower construction on Black Mountain during a recent E-911 Board meeting.

McGill said all the necessary equipment has been purchased for the tower, but they were looking for a more efficient spot to install the tower on Black Mountain. He said the tower being installed on Black Mountain should fix communication problems emergency responders are having in parts of Evarts and Cumberland.

Sunshine Volunteer Fire Department Chief Stephen Hatfield said the department was having radio issues in Catrons Creek on KY 72. He said the problems were occurring while responders were on the road, heading to calls in the area. After responders arrived at the scene, the radios are working properly Hatfield explained, so the problems are only happening while en-route.

Harlan County Sheriff Leslie “Smitty” Smith informed the board that Kentucky State Police and the sheriff’s department are still having communication problems in the Pathfork area. At last month’s meeting McGill told Smith the next place a radio tower would be installed would be on top of a hill somewhere between the Pathfork and Smith areas. He said as soon as the tower on Black Mountain was complete, work would begin on that tower. When the tower is completed EMS personnel should have radio communications in the Pathfork area, along with areas in Smith that currently don’t have radio communications.

No pager issues were reported by any EMS personnel. The Harlan County Rescue Squad representative said they needed some new pagers for their department.

The board also approved the minutes for their Aug. 11 meeting and set the next E-911 Board meeting for Dec. 13 at 10 a.m.

Reach Bradley at 606-909-4146 or on Twitter @bradley_HDE

By Bradley Fields

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