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Emergency responders get on the same frequency

If a multi agency emergency happens in Colonie, all police, fire and paramedic personnel will be tuned into the ESIRS frequency and linked directly to Colonie's command center, he said. Vice versa, if Colonie police were serving in neighboring municipalities, their command would coordinate with outside agencies and direct Colonie first responders accordingly.

Several weeks ago, the system was put to the test in Watervliet when an auto accident caused a power outage in the city. Watervliet authorities were able to coordinate police, paramedic and fire services directly with neighboring Green Island agencies, said Campbell.

"All of this stuff is in the vein of 9-1-1 and in the vein of all law enforcement cooperating with each other," said Heider. "It's another step to keep people in the loop."

Campbell couldn't exactly when ESIRS would go online. He could only say that it has been in the works for years and will soon be online.

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