An $80-million re-vamp is coming to the radio system of first responders in Hampton Roads.
In a joint partnership, the radio systems of Gloucester, James City County, York County, Williamsburg,
Poquoson and Isle of Wight are all getting upgraded.
Joel Acree of the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors explained that the new radio system was needed.
“This system that we’re operating on now, for the most part, was built in the 1970s and 80s. Of course, it’s been maintained over the years, but just cannot keep up with the call volume that we have in our county,” said Acree.
Acree said the new system will provide a faster, clearer connection for all units involved during an emergency.