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Report says Md. needs emergency radio system

January 15, 2009
Associated Press

A new report says Maryland's first responders need access to an expensive radio system that will enable them to communicate with each other across local borders.

The recommendation was part of a $225,000 report on the state of Maryland's disaster preparedness released Thursday.

Gov. Martin O'Malley says the state is reviewing bids from companies that can set up the emergency communications system. He says he hopes to have the radios operational within 5- to 7 years.

Last month, a separate study by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found Maryland was tied for last among states nationwide in readiness for a health emergency. The authors of the latest study say that issue was not addressed in their report.

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