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County radio failures called 'life-and-death' issue

Chiefs say faulty emergency communications endanger lives

7:14 PM, Feb. 17, 2013
Weston Fire Chief Steve Meilahn said equipment failures are causing some firefighters to miss critical radio messages that alert them to emergencies.
Weston Fire Chief Steve Meilahn said equipment failures are causing some firefighters to miss critical radio messages that alert them to emergencies.
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Marathon County officials have hired a consulting firm to find out why an $11 million overhaul to the emergency communications system has proved unreliable - a problem that is putting lives in danger, fire officials said.

"Am I concerned? You bet," Weston Fire Chief Steve Meilahn said. "This problem absolutely could put public safety at risk."

County Administrator Brad Karger said he approved a proposal Feb. 11 to spend up to $50,000 to determine whether the county's emergency communications system is fundamentally sound. Karger said a Minnesota-based engineering firm, G.J. ...

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