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Onslow County to get $14 million upgraded radio system

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -

Emergency responders in Onslow County are getting a $14 million, upgraded radio system.

County commissioners say the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires the upgrade, and it has to be done by 2014.

Police, firefighters, EMS, and others will have to replace their current radio system with an 800 megahertz one, said Barbara Ikner, vice chair of the Onslow County board of commissioners.

The system would put all emergency responders on the same frequency so they can communicate more easily with each other, Ikner said.

Police say the upgrade is expensive, but it's worth it.

"I think it'll be great for the officers on the street. It'll be real safety feature for them and also for the citizens of the county and the city,"said Lt. Devon Bryan of the Jacksonville Police Department.

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