The Oregon State Fair is a tradition for many Oregonians to celebrate summer's end. As with any large public gathering, having a system in place for emergencies is an important part of keeping the public safe. Upgrades to Oregon's emergency communications network by the State Radio Project are helping to modernize and improve that system.
"We need to have a way for the security and the first aid people to have a channel that they can go to and interact with troopers ... or vice versa," said Jerry Martin with the Oregon State Police. "With an operational trunked radio system and an upgraded radio console system, this scenario becomes a possibility."