Pike County Connects 12 Agencies with Icom Systems
The Pike County Sheriff’s, EMS and Fire departments needed a reliable communications system
that would expand coverage across the county’s difficult terrain and enable first responders
to communicate interdepartmentally. The new system designed by Icom America Systems (IAS)
connects 12 local agencies and provides reliable coverage countywide, allowing Pike County
agencies to quickly and efficiently respond during emergencies and natural disasters.
Unreliable System Poses Major Risk to Public Safety
Located in west central Illinois, Pike County is bounded on the east by the Illinois
River and on the west by the Mississippi River. Steep bluffs rise up from each river to
a highlands region typified by rolling hills, wooded areas and bountiful farmland.
Primarily an agricultural area, the 849 square miles that comprise Pike County teem
with natural resources and wildlife.
Like most public safety agencies, the Pike County Sheriff’s, EMS and Fire departments use
two-way radio for dispatch and everyday communication, as well as to communicate with other
local, state and federal agencies during large interagency efforts. In the case of natural
disasters like the recent Midwest flooding and search and rescue missions for missing hikers
and hunters, the reliability of the agencies’ radio communications is essential to a quick
and efficient response.
The problem was that the Pike County Sheriff’s, EMS and Fire departments were using a
collection of disparate radio systems that couldn’t talk to one another. The assortment of
different systems prohibited communication between responders from different agencies,
seriously complicating large response efforts.
“Icom was willing to come in and hear what we wanted in a system, and they offer great
bang for the buck.”– Chief Larry Bradshaw, Griggsville (Ill.) Fire Department
Read all about the new Icom America System
used in Pike County (pdf)