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New Dane County emergency communication network breaks ground
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New Dane County emergency communication network breaks ground

DaneCom, a new $18 million emergency communications network, broke ground Wednesday near Verona.

County Executive Joe Parisi led the ground-breaking at the site of several radio tower sites that will comprise the new DaneCom system.  The system will link emergency responders and public work officials on one radio network.

“Whether it’s a car crash or fire, tornado, flood, or blizzard, responders from across our county work together everyday to keep us safe and this new radio system will help ensure a seamless, well-coordinated response,” Parisi said. “By partnering with communities throughout the county, we are able to make a significant investment in public safety despite historically difficult economic times. Despite the boundaries that divide our cities, villages, and towns DaneCom will make it easier for public safety responders to work together and save lives.”

DaneCom will help Dane County public safety officials communicate more quickly with other cities, villages and towns.  Parisi said this will substantially increase public safety and emergency communication involving regional effort.

Rural areas can expect expanded coverage with the new DaneCom system, said a press release. Responders will also be able to use different networks to talk with one another.

According to the Office of the County Executive, Harris Corporation, the company that will build the network, has guaranteed a high level of coverage throughout the entire county.  They said the company will conduct hundreds of manual quality safety checks in Dane County to ensure coverage and operability after the system is complete.

The Dane County Board will vote Thursday on the resolution authorizing Parisi to sign the dozens of intergovernmental agreements allowing DaneCom to be funded and to create its structure.  The county will then pay about $18 million toward the construction of the new system.  All involved municipalities will then share the operating costs, about $825,000 per year.

Construction of DaneCom is anticipated to be complete in 2013.

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