DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Piscataquis County officials are hoping new technology will help emergency responders communicate better while saving thousands of dollars a month.

Personnel will experiment with push-to-talk radios, or so-called rugged phones, to see if the equipment can remedy longstanding problems with reception and coverage.

Jaeme Duggan, the county’s emergency management agency director, proposed a six-month trial period where the county would partner with T-Mobile and acquire 10 to 20 free devices for emergency responders. The trial, approved by county commissioners Tuesday, is part of a larger overhaul of the county’s outdated infrastructure and could save Piscataquis around $10,000 a month.


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