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Plan being developed to help first responders communicate

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- When first responders work together especially in different counties, it's important they can communicate. A state board in Iowa is developing a plan so they can do just that.

The group called the Statewide Inoperability Communications System Board is working on a 700 megahertz system. It's a new spectrum in the airwaves freed up so rescuers can all communicate on one frequency.

Their goal is to make communication easier when first responders from different counties work together.

Federal Engineer Melvin Mercado says, "We understand there are many different frequencies in the air, but the overall approach is to gain a unified statewide solution."

The board has received several grants from the federal government over the past years to make the project successful.

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