BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — At a public meeting held Wednesday afternoon at the Broome County Public Library, county officials announced that the Ely Park radio tower would be the next to be updated as part of the $10 million investment into the county’s public safety system.
The new tower will be almost 200 feet tall and will completely replace the existing tower which will either be abandoned or demolished as decided by the city.
Broome County’s public safety system is largely outdated according to county officials, as some components of the system were built back in the 1970s.
The county is doubling its number of radio towers from 8 to 16. This will allow first responders to communicate with each other in up to 95% of the county without interruptions.
County officials said most of the neighboring counties updated their systems about 10 years ago and that this will go a long way to improving the ability of first responders such as police, EMS or firefighters to communicate with one another.