Talks to begin on emergency radio system contract

Motorola Solutions Inc. has been chosen to build a replacement for the current 911 radio system.

EVERETT — A vendor has been chosen to build a new countywide emergency radio system, a project with preliminary estimates pegged at between $60 million and $75 million.

Representatives with the Snohomish County Emergency Radio System will begin negotiating a contract with Motorola Solutions Inc., said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, who heads up the countywide board.

“Motorola clearly demonstrated that it has the proven capability with the most experience in deploying systems that met our requirements not only within the state of Washington, but all over North America,” Nehring said.

Before a contract can be signed, the money must be approved by the county.

That could involve a countywide ballot measure later this year, Nehring said.

Nehring hopes contract talks can wrap up in June.

The system would be used by 48 law enforcement and fire protection agencies. Nehring said the current 911 radio system is aging and failing.

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