Md. governor slams Montgomery Co. over public safety communication outages

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan accused Montgomery County officials of “standing in the way” of approving a site for a radio tower that provides communications among police, firefighters and other first responders.

Hogan cited the recent 14-hour communications outage over Mother’s Day weekend that left firefighters using workarounds to communicate with each other as an illustration of the seriousness of the problem.

In a statement released Wednesday, Hogan said firefighters had raised concerns that the current system is “at grave risk of catastrophic failure.”

WTOP has reached out to Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich’s office for a response.

Members of Montgomery County’s firefighters union had sent a letter to Hogan outlining their concerns earlier this month.

Original published: 2019-06-20 00:11:40 Read the full Washington News here


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