By Jeff Fitzgerald, Senior Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
It is a much ballyhooed radio system that is suppose to put first responders statewide all on the same page.
For the most part it has worked, but being new, there are still some glitches to work out related to the "Multi-Agency Radio Communication System", better known as "MARCS".
The system was meant to make major regional and statewide emergencies easier to handle from a communication standpoint.
The "MARCS" system was called upon by the Lima Fire Department after the storms of June 29th.
A major disaster locally and across the state, but Lima Fire Chief Mark Heffner says the system was not as effective as he would have liked and some of the problems were self-inflicted.
Heffner says when you have a large disaster you'd prefer a simple system as opposed to complicated, but it's the system the state has so you have to deal with what you've got, but that doesn't mean it can't get better.
Heffner says radio maintenance and training will be looked at, as will the possible need for some new equipment.
He says you have an event like June 29th, you critique it and get better the next time