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La Crosse Co. emergency communication system could get upgrade soon

County Radio System Upgrades

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - La Crosse County's emergency response system could soon be getting a big upgrade.

Technicians with the County Emergency Services Department say the current system could last until 2020, but now is the time to start looking at updates.

The system saw its last major upgrade in 1997 with smaller updates since then.

Officials say while the current system is still functional, advancing technology is creating more expectations from the emergency system.

"Officers should be able to be reached with their portable radios at their hip, and so as we get into buildings, we get into coulees and things like that, the system really hasn't deteriorated all that much, but the expectation for better coverage because of the technology has actually made it so that we need to improve on it," said La Crosse Co. Emergency Services Administrator Jay Loeffler.

Officials say the upgrades will provide better coverage in nearly all parts of the county.

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