Oak Forest 911 dispatch going wireless

Oak Forest 911 dispatch going wireless

Oak Forest alderman agreed Tuesday night to spend $36,230 to implement a wireless emergency dispatch system for the fire and police departments. Fire Chief David Griffin said the departments will benefit because the microwave system will be both cheaper and provide better audio quality and reception. He said police and firefighters now can lose contact when they are in basements or attics of buildings. Griffin said the change means that Oak Forest will no longer pay $300 to $600 per month to lease telephone lines for the 911 system, adding that AT&T itself had encouraged the city to make the transition. City Administrator Troy Ishler said the plan is to expand wireless service to...