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Why should Hoosiers care whether their local firefighters can communicate over the radio with emergency service technicians or if the sheriff can talk with the state police?
Because in the event of a disaster or emergency, success is measured in lives, not seconds. If a tornado hits your neighborhood, you want emergency services to be fast, efficient and trustworthy.
Unfortunately, in many Indiana cities and towns, this kind of communication is impossible because the radios that first responders use are obsolete, isolated and outdated.
Recent national disasters -- the 9/11 attack, Oklahoma City bombing, hurricanes in Florida, earthquakes in California and flooding and tornados here in the midwest among other tragedies -- have illustrated what can happen when we don't invest in this most basic life-saving tool a public safety official can use.
That's the bad news. The good news is that Project Hoosier SAFE-T is poised to provide Hoosiers with the protection they need and deserve. For more information about Project Hoosier SAFE-T, browse through this website of call project staff at 317.233.8624.