Linn County in Iowa unveils new emergency radio system

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Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 2:15 pm, Thu Jun 5, 2014.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Years after the 2008 flood exposed flaws in emergency communications, first responders in Iowa's second-most--populous county are using a new radio system so they can talk to each other.

Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said his office and police departments in Hiawatha, Mount Vernon, Lisbon and Robins started using the new digital system Monday. Marion started using it last week, and Cedar Rapids is scheduled to make the switch Feb. 11.

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