Chicago Fire Dept. using digital radios for NATO summit

Digital radios will be used by commanders, rank-and-file will begin working with the radios after June 1


By Fran Spielman
The Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — A $23 million digital radio system — purchased in 2006 under a no-bid contract awarded under questionable circumstances — will help speed emergency response during the NATO Summit.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford disclosed Thursday that "some of the channels" provided by the long-stalled Motorola system would be used by top brass for "command and control" within the "NATO summit footprint" surrounding McCormick Place.

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