Detroit dispatch down: radio failures reduce responders to hand signals

At times, emergency crews are able to hear dispatchers on their radios, but cannot communicate back to them


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DETROIT — "We are down," said one dispatcher. "I think you guys can hear us, but we can't  hear you." Detroit Police dispatchers could be heard telling officers to be careful when the city's emergency radio system failed for the second time in two months.

Early Tuesday evening, the problem continued to affect police, fire and EMS units in the city of Detroit.

Crews are having to use their cell phones to call dispatchers after technical issues started around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. At times, emergency crews are able to hear dispatchers on their radios, but cannot communicate back to them. Sources also say there are periods when the system appears to be completely down.

Full story: Detroit Police Chief addresses radio dispatch issues affecting police, fire and EMS

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