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New pagers given to N.Y. firefighters

788 high-band-frequency pagers will be distributed in northern Franklin County

By Denise A. Raymo

MALONE, N.Y. — Blaring tones barked from laptops every few seconds, cutting the silence in a conference room at the Franklin County Emergency Services Center.

“It’s gotten so we don’t even hear it anymore,” laughed Deputy Director John Bashaw II from among the rows of neatly stacked little boxes that sat on a table beside him.

Bashaw and communications specialists Jamie Gratton and Sandi Dunn created the piercing sound over and over for two days as they programmed each of the 788 new high-band-frequency pagers that will be distributed to firefighters in northern Franklin County.

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