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Published on January 12th, 2016 |

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County shows off new public safety radio system; seeks public input

The Fulton County Emergency Communications Department recently hosted a preview of the county’s new public safety radio system—providing state-of-the art communications for its personnel—at the Fulton County 911 Center.

“Fulton County’s investment in the new public safety radio system represents a significant step forward in our public safety infrastructure,” county Emergency Services Director Joseph Barasoain said, “Public safety personnel will have seamless access to critical information in the field.”

The system represents an investment of about $20 million in public safety telecommunications, according to county spokeswoman Jessica Corbitt. The system represents the largest in the state of Georgia, Corbitt said, “expanding coverage from nine radio sites to 15,” she said.

“More than 3,500 personnel from more than 20 public safety agencies throughout the county will use the system to allow them to communicate effectively with other public safety personnel, including dispatchers and first responders,” she said in a statement.

Using Motorola Solutions Astro 25 network, county first responders will be able to communicate with other agencies throughout Fulton County and in counties throughout the metro Atlanta area, Corbitt said.

Fulton County Commissioners also are seeking public attendance and comment at a Jan. 20 hearing on a proposal to adopt the option of self-pay for services for adults with developmental disabilities in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

The proposed fees for the behavioral health and developmental disability services cover the cost of community access group and pre-vocational services offered at the North, Central and South training centers.

The proposal would establish a fee structure for services for those who wish to self-pay for the service. Residents who currently utilize Medicaid waivers will continue to receive the services for adults with developmental disabilities at no charge.

The public hearing will be held at the board’s meeting at 10 a.m. in the Fulton County Government Center’s Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St. in downtown Atlanta. Residents wishing to comment on the proposed fee structure should attend the meeting.

The proposed rates are as follows: an annual fee of $17,856 covers services for five days per week at six hours per day.

Monthly fees for the above are $1,562. Residents may pay by the week ($372), day ($74) or hour ($12.40).

For further information contact LaTrina Foster, (404) 612-1687, or email her at latrina.foster@fultoncountyga.gov

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