BOONE, Iowa—A switch over in communications equipment was done Tuesday at the Boone County Communications Center. The new narrowband system not only includes emergency response but several other public agencies. The Communication Center will see some changes, but most of the changes are with the inner workings of the radio system. New state of the art equipment has been installed in a lower level radio room, to replace older, outdated equipment.
Chief Deputy Rick Lampe and Boone County Emergency Management Coordinator Dave Morlan headed up much of the early work with input from a committee made up of users of the Boone County Communications Center. Grants were received by both the Ogden and Boone Fire Departments that went to help pay for the infrastructure for the update. The new, narrowband system uses additional repeater towers around the county which are expected to also improve coverage around the county. As of late Tuesday, a transmitter issue forced the County to switch back to the old radio system. Another effort will be made Wednesday.