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Metro Newsroom

City Building New MetroSafe Communication Towers

Tuesday June 10, 2008

Twelve radio towers to significantly improve emergency communication

Four new radio communications towers are under construction, and eight others are being upgraded as part of the continuing progress in the city’s MetroSafe communications system.

Mayor Jerry Abramson joined emergency service directors and Fern Creek Fire Chief Mike Schmidt at the Fern Creek Fire Department today at the site of a new 300-foot radio tower, which is nearly complete.

“The construction of these radio towers is a visual reminder that we are closer than ever to a state-of-the-art communications system that will make our citizens and city safer,” Abramson said. “We are entering the third and final phase of MetroSafe construction, which includes the completion of the MetroSafe building at 5th and Liberty as well as the purchase of handheld radios for our community’s 4,000 emergency responders.”

When the new radio system goes online, Louisville will have dependable coverage in all corners of the community for the first time in our history. “It’s an astounding improvement over the system we have been using, which was originally developed in the 1970s,” said Doug Hamilton, director of MetroSafe. “This means our police officers, firefighters and EMS responders can go to virtually any corner of our city and have clear conversations with dispatchers and other emergency workers.”

The upgrades will also enhance communications for public services such as Solid Waste Management, Public Works, Health Department, Metro Parks, the coroner’s office and MSD. TARC intends to take advantage of the new infrastructure and upgrade their equipment as well.

“It’s the equivalent of going from a scratchy, out-of-range AM radio station to a clear, reliable satellite radio channel,” said Abramson. “Our current system has fewer channels and the reception depends on your location. The new system has more channels than we could ever use and far superior coverage. Our emergency teams and the citizens of this community will benefit greatly from the improved communications system.”

City police officers and firefighters will each receive a handheld Motorola radio, as will suburban firefighters.

“We’re glad the suburban departments have been included in the MetroSafe plans, since we respond side-by-side with the city emergency teams,” said Chief Schmidt. “We will be able to talk to each other on scene, which is something that hasn’t been possible before. That will be a big help, especially in a large-scale emergency.”

Tower Sites Height Type Status

Fern Creek Fire
9901 Bardstown Road
Height: 300 feet
New In progress

Old Manslick and I-264
Height: 226 feet
New In progress

New Hopewell Road and I-265
Height: 390 feet
New In progress

I-71 at County Line
Hitt Lane and Ballardsville
Height: 500 feet
New In progress

Mitchell Hill
Height: 300 feet
Retrofit In progress

Waverly Hills
4800 Waverly Park Dr.
Height: 400
Retrofit Complete

Meidinger Tower
462 S. 4th St.
Height: 400 feet
Retrofit Complete

1306 Bardstown Road
Height: 220
Retrofit Complete

Hubbards Lane
4400 Hubbards Lane
Height: 180
Retrofit Scheduled to begin

Delta Dental
9901 Linn Station Road
Height: 150
Retrofit Scheduled to begin

4601 Old Shepherdsville Rd.
Height: 160
Retrofit Scheduled to begin

Charlestown Road and Utica (Indiana)
Height: 280
Retrofit Scheduled to begin