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DuPage County Radio System

The Daily Herald has an article about the new radio system in DuPage County:

Nearly two years after approving plans for a $30 million DuPage Radio System, officials Tuesday announced its countywide launch.

The DuPage Emergency Dispatch Interoperable Radio System consists of 3,134 portable radios and 53 radio consoles in the county’s nine 911 Public Safety Answering Points and allows for the melding of 60 first-responding units onto one system for the first time.

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said the need for such a system was never more glaring than during a Sept. 5, 2008, standoff at Wheaton Bank and Trust where a police officer was injured and 12 people were taken hostage for hours before the gunman shot himself.

“Unfortunately, the lack of interoperability between the DuPage County sheriff and Wheaton radio systems was an obstacle, as officers were forced to use hand signals as a way to communicate during the incident,” Cronin said during Tuesday’s announcement. “This radio system will allow our DuPage County sheriff, municipal police, fire agencies and all first responders to communicate with each other and with agencies located throughout the state.”

The DuPage Radio System was operational and used during the 39th Ryder Cup at the Medinah Country Club in September.

All police departments that are members of the DuPage Emergency Telephone Safety Board that participated in the NATO conference events or activities in May also used the new portable radios to ensure seamless coverage.

 The complete article can be found HERE.
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DuPage County OHS&EM

The Daily Herald has an article about the a successful implementation of the DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management:

It didn’t take long for the new headquarters of DuPage County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to be put to the test.

The roughly $1.5 million facility in Wheaton had been up and running just a couple months when a powerful July 1 storm left more than half the county without power.

“This state-of-the-art facility provides our staff with the cutting-edge technology to properly coordinate countywide response and recovery efforts from natural or man-made disasters,” county board Chairman Dan Cronin said.

Before converting about 10,000 square feet at the county’s former youth home, the OEM department was housed in another building commonly referred to as the “bunker.” Originally commissioned during the Cold War, the bunker was need of major repair when the county board decided to move the OEM department to its existing location.

“It allows us to do so many things that we physically couldn’t do just because of the constraints of where we were,” said OEM Director Norm Sturm, adding that the move was done in late May.

The county contributed about $330,000 to create the new location. Federal grant money paid for the rest of the renovation project.

The entire article is HERE.

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