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Armstrong commissioners OK board appointments

| Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

KITTANNING — The Armstrong County Commissioners approved board appointments on Thursday as part of a multi-county 911 technology sharing network.

The county's Emergency Management Agency, along with a dozen other Western Pennsylvania county emergency management agencies, are sharing their communications technology.

The effort is to establish a widespread linked public safety network. Armstrong County will have access to the network for improved radio and phone communications here.

“It allows us to share resources, to share other counties' equipment,” said Ron Baustert, Armstrong 911 Coordinator.

Baustert and the county's Director of Public Safety, Randy Brozenick, were appointed to the Armstrong County WestCore Project Board.

WestCore is the Western Pennsylvania County Regional ESInet which is involved with the design and implementation of a statewide Emergency Services IP network (ESInet) (phones).

The project will enable various agencies to share public safety resources as part of a single network so that they are ready for Next Generation 9-1-1, officials said.

In addition, Brozenick, Baustert, Doug Cuica, Peter Frejkowski, James McAfoose and Greg Baker were appointed by the commissioners to the Armstrong County ICORRS Communications Board.

The Inter-County Digital Radio System, or ICORRS, is a regional radio network that allows first responders to communicate directly with each other.

Mitch Fryer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or mfryer@tribweb.com.

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