Marathon County is in the midst of a digital communications transition. By the end of the week, county leaders hope a new radio communications network will be up and running.
On Monday, several departments were in the process of making the conversion. The new system links police, fire and EMT services across the county.
By January 1, 2013 the federal government is requiring the emergency radio changes across the nation. The changes switch out analog equipment for digital technology. The changes are the result of communications failures during the 9/11 terror attacks. It is hoped the new equipment will cut response times in case of emergencies.
Captain Dave Mason of the Marathon County Sheriff's Departments says federal grants and tax dollars paid for the 12 million dollar system.