MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The City of Memphis may have to spend $60 million to buy new radios for police, firefighters and public works employees.
Officials said the radio systems need to be replaced over the next three years because the current equipment is getting too old to maintain.
Firefighters said the radios provide a lifeline in emergency situations.
"We're going into buildings that are full of smoke, fire, heat…you can't see," Thomas Malone, Memphis Fire Fighters Association, said. "So that's your only tool for communicating with the outside, even getting yourself out if you're in trouble."
Malone said the city may not have to pay for the entire upgrade, however, since federal grants and other programs will sometimes chip in.