gets new police radios from CCSO
March 23, 2009 | WELLSVILLE -- Sgt. Jake Petersen with
the Cache County Sheriff's Office met the City Council
on Wednesday about the seven new 800 MHz radios that
will be supplied to Wellsville's volunteer fire department
and EMS. There will be four radios going to the fire
department and three will go to the EMS.
"The radios are being programmed and should hopefully
be delivered next week," Petersen stated.
Wellsville has been functioning with VHF radios that
operate in a frequency range between 156 and 174 MHz
which provide portable, short range communication between
In 2008 Utah passed a bill which states that all state
and local agencies must operate in a band above 512
MHz by 2013, which puts Wellsville on its way to being
up to standard.
"We needed to make a change and instead of taking
a small step, we took a big step," Petersen said.
The new radios are a part of a grant from the Utah
Division of Homeland Security. A new 800 MHz radio costs
between $2,200 and $2,500 and also requires a user fee
of $23.25 per month. The grant will cover the costs
of each radio as well as the next six and half years
in user fees. After six and a half years it is up to
Wellsville as to how to pay for the fees.
The new 800 MHz radios work more like a cell phone,
depending on repeaters to boost the signal. Since only
seven radios will never be able to accommodate everybody
in the fire department or EMS, the new radios will be
able to patch with the existing VHF radios.
The city hopes to be able to receive more grant money
before they make the complete switch to the 800 MHz