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Rossford upgrading police and fire radios

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ROSSFORD, Ohio -

The City of Rossford is making a big public safety upgrade. Rossford City Council voted to buy new police and fire radios in order to join the Lucas County Emergency Radio System.

The Rossford fire chief says the city's outdated emergency radio system will get a historic overhaul this summer.

"It's all junk.  It's going to get thrown in the garbage," says Fire Chief Jim Verbosky. "We came to an agreement with Lucas County to join their 800-megahertz system. It's going to allow us to have complete emergency radio operability with all of the different agencies that surround us."

"It's a win-win for every body," Chief Verbosky says. "It's a safety factor that we're taking care of for firefighters, and it's a safety factor when we're out on emergency incidents in the community."

The upgrade is costing the City of Rossford $285,000.  Hollywood Casino Toledo actually helped pay for the new emergency radio system.  The city is using approximately $80,000 from a donation made by the casino.

"The casino came through," the chief says. "We had the money budgeted, but we didn't have all of it budgeted. They took care of it. So we're taking care of all our communication problems."

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