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New Bi-Directional Amplifier System at Deptford Mall will Improve First Responders' Communications Until now the radio transmissions for Police, Fire and EMS were spotty at best - this new system greatly enhances transmissions

(Deptford, NJ) - Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Helene Reed were joined by the Deptford Township first responders today to announce the completion of the new Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) system in the Deptford Mall.

"This is an important day for our first responders in Deptford and throughout the county," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney. "For nearly 30 years radio transmissions at this mall have been difficult for our police, fire and EMS. With the addition of this new BDA, transmissions for our public safety officers will finally be clear when they are in the Deptford Mall," stated Sweeney.

"With technology what it is today there was no reason for an officer or EMS responder to go into a situation and not be able to communicate with their fellow first responders or dispatch, and this BDA will put an end to that problem for the men and women who put themselves on the line for all of our safety," said Freeholder Director Sweeney.

Freeholder Helene M. Reed, liaison to Emergency Response, said, "This is a community project that the County had the opportunity to play a part in and coordinate. Through the county designating $114,279 in our homeland security funding we were able to help push this project along for Deptford Township and the mall," Reed said. Freeholder Reed noted that Deptford Township and the mall also each contributed $10,000 towards the completion of this project.

"It was a true community effort to improve vital public safety communications in a very busy public place," stated Freeholder Reed.

The system is comprised of antennas wired throughout the mall and then attached to a Bi-Directional Amplifier to allow clear and consistent radio transmissions for first responders.

"Although the mall is located in Deptford, people from throughout our county and the region come here and it was very important that safety for the public and our first responders was a priority. I want to thank Deptford Township for stepping up and adding funding to this project to protect our citizens and officers," said Freeholder Director Sweeney.