New and improved radios are on their way to Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. With them comes the need for new towers. It's tough for emergency personnel to communicate in many areas.
Emergency officials say that the intersection of Port Republic Road and Devon Lane gets a horrible signal. They say sometimes they can't communicate at all. There are dead spots like these all over the county and city.
"Officers, when they get out of the car, are unable to communicate with other officers or they are unable to communicate back with headquarters," said Kurt Boshart, a member of the Harrisonburg Police Department.
Officials say in the interest of keeping everyone safe they have to act. "The only way we can accomplish that is adding additional radio tower sites," Harrisonburg City Manager Roger Baker said.
The Harrisonburg/Rockingham Emergency Communication Center wants to put up towers at 11 sites. They would replace them at the four old locations and new ones would go up at seven other places.
By adding the newer towers and having more of them, it is expected communication problems would be a thing of the past.
"A lot of instances with things like heart attacks or strokes time is of the essence so every second does count, that the kind of thing we are trying to get over here," Baker said.
The tower that is expected to help problems along Port Republic Road would go up at Stone Spring Elementary School.