Bonds to pay for MARCS equipment for 911 system

WARREN — Trumbull County commissioners are issuing and selling general obligation bonds to pay for the equipment needed for the new, digital 911 system.

About $1.5 million will be sold to pay for MARCS radios and other equipment the new system needs. MARCS enables safety service departments to communicate clearly, over long distance and in all types of weather. Most of Ohio has made the switch.

Warren is scheduled to switch their radios over in about a week. Their communications will become encrypted, meaning typical scanners will no longer be able to listen to their communications.

Analog 911 communications often have “static” or difficulty connecting in certain conditions and over distances.