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BUCKHANNON -

The Upshur County Commission heard concerns from local fire departments about improving radio communications.

Concerns are firefighters not receiving pages or not being able to communicate with each other because of limited frequencies.

The county's firefighters association wants to purchase 42 digital mobile radios. The association also wants to add high band radio base stations at each department.

The mobile radios would allow firefighters to communicate with each other at an incident.

The radios would also feature a panic button if a firefighter was in trouble.

Firefighters said its all about safety.

"It's going to make our job a lot safer, and the fire chiefs have better piece of mind knowing they can communicate with their firefighters inside," said Bennie Nazelrod, county fire association president.

The association said improving the communications is planned for a two to three year period.

The commission will meet with the association to discuss ways of paying for the plan at a later date.