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Several law enforcement agencies responded when FBI agents were killed and wounded earlier that month.
A radio broadcast received exclusively from NBC 6 Investigators captured the moments when emergency teams left the apartment complex where five FBI agents had been shot. The race was to get her to Broward Health in Fort Lauderdale.
The situation put Browards’ new emergency radio system to the test, which was updated after errors were uncovered in responding to the Parkland shootout nearly three years ago.
“It’s been some of the fastest times our agency has been in,” said John McNamara, chief executive of Sunrise Fire and Rescue.
McNamara told NBC 6 that his units would have got the agents across the county in 17 minutes – eight minutes faster than normal. He believes the new radio system played a role.
“This is the first major incident … since the new system was implemented and, frankly, it worked almost perfectly,” said McNamara.
It’s a big change from February 14, 2018, when the commission investigating the Parkland tragedy found that jammed radios delayed police response.
Broward spent $ 80 million on the new communications system, which was introduced about two months ago.
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The county says the improvements include: five new towers, additional channels, and a signal that can penetrate deep into buildings. In addition, the new system can handle a third more transmissions and only police and fire departments can use it to prevent other district workers from consuming bandwidth.
“This is supposed to fix the problems we’ve seen in the past,” Alex St. Preux, a SWAT officer with the Sunrise Police, told NBC 6.
Preux has a new radio in his patrol unit and on his waist.
“You can certainly see a difference to the old radio system so far,” said Preux.
But nearly three years after the Parkland tragedy, a few problems remain.
Broward County’s emergency radio system was updated after errors were discovered in response to the Parkland shooting. Willard Shepard from NBC 6 reports
“There’s one more problem, two cities, Plantation and Coral Springs, and Parkland is served by Coral Springs Police. You have chosen not to be on the nationwide shipping system, ”said Steve Geller, Broward County Mayor.
Geller isn’t the only one affected.
“I’m frustrated we’re not there yet,” said Corly Springs Police Chief Clyde Parry.
So far, according to Parry, his department has fixed any issues that are not in the Broward system. But he told us he had a long term solution for Coral Springs, Plantation and the county.
“I am happy to say that we have purchased a hub solution that will allow us this interoperability with the county. We installed it, ”said Parry. “It is now in the beta test phase and we plan to invite the district to join us soon.”
Plantation Police Chief Howard Harrison says the county should not put all eggs in one basket if the new system fails.
“The county really needs a backup system and we have that,” said Harrison.
Both Plantation and Coral Springs say they also like to have their own dispatchers who are familiar with the area.
The district experts who operate the new radios say they are telling every fire department and police force that while the system is much improved, it has limitations and that they need to monitor the number of first responders trying to transmit – especially during major events.