BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners got an update Monday, on how the 911 Service District is working through ongoing transmission issues with its radio system. Interim 911 Director Sara Crosswhite says the Harris Radio system isn't yet working at 100%, but installation of a new temporary tower on Overturf Butte should help officers communicate with dispatch, "I don't think it'll clear up every last remaining problem we have some outstanding issues that Harris is working on, they have engineers onsite this week that are going to continue to address some outstanding issues, but we're hoping that it will improve the coverage on the west side of Bend."
The new tower went live last week, and Crosswhite has asked Commissioners for 30 days to assess how the it's working, "We're currently continuing to test, to see how it's operating for us. And then once we do make an assessment on the temporary site, we'll determine what we're going to do, going forward, and how we plan to proceed with a permanent site; and we're we'll look at putting a permanent site in the future." And, she tells KBND News, Commissioners will continue to be updated, "They're going to be involved in the process of where our next site will be, going forward, and just to be letting them know the status of where we're at over the next 30 days."
Crosswhite hopes the temporary tower will fix most of the transmission issues that have plagued the system since it was installed about a year ago. She says what it doesn't cover is being addressed by Harris, the system's manufacturer.