Native rescue companies change to the brand new radio system

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – Local emergency services are switching from analog to digital radios this month.

The Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN) will be installed at Benton County’s police and fire departments.

The new system allows for easier communication with other government agencies already on the network and is also encrypted to make it a more secure system for first responders.

“It’s very clear and easy to understand and use. So it was a huge process to get to this point, but the end result is a huge win for the county and cities, ”said Gentry Fire Chief Vester Cripps.

The system costs $ 3.75 million, but Benton County was able to borrow $ 2 million to fund the project.

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