More than 1,200 radios in the town and village of Menands, from police, emergency medical technicians, schools buses and fire services, are phasing in the new digital radios. The project has been under way for the past three years at a cost of about $6 million to the town and nearly $300,000 each for the North and South Colonie schools in the last two years.
The 1,200 new digital radios will be linked through the four radio towers the town has used for years. The towers are located at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, Denison Road in Colonie atop a water tower, a tower behind Town Hall and one at the town police station.
The transition of the town radios from analog to digital is moving along well, said Fitzsimmons. Police are hoping to have the transition complete by mid-November.