GREENFIELD — Busy signals over emergency radio waves are making some local public safety officials go bonkers.
The signal – described as a “bonk” – has become a problem as more police agencies have switched over to 800 megahertz radios. Now, officials with the Emergency Operations Center want to spend more than $100,000 on an upgrade that would double the amount of channels the county has.
The busy signal can come when police officers are trying to connect with dispatchers, or vice versa. And because a breakdown in communication can be dangerous in critical situations, local officials say now is the time to expand.
“Where it seems to really get to be a problem is when the county has something going; (the Greenfield Police Department) has something going; and the fire department has something going; and all the radio channels tie up,” said GPD Chief John Jester. “It’s the most annoying sound – it’s just a bonk. I can’t really describe it. When you want to get in on a radio, you want to get in on a radio.”