Lawmakers, first responders call for better communication

July 20, 2011 4:48:26 AM PDT
There have been more than enough disasters and attacks for it to be clear that first responders need better communications.

Now, 9/11 first responders will join Congressman Peter King and both New York senators in calling for radio airwaves to be set aside for emergency communications.

Back on September 11th, police and firefighters had a tough time communicating with each other because of equipment and radio frequency problems.

With first responders from across the country operating on different radio frequencies, unable to share information in real time, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer will be joined by Jay Rockefeller and John Feal in calling for passage of legislation to provide first responders and public safety officials with critical inter-operable radio airwaves needed to effectively communicate in the event a major response is needed.