Calif. Bay Area responders still not on same radio frequency

Progress has been hampered by high costs, intergovernmental wrangling, multilayered bureaucracy and technology that's still evolving


By Josh Richman, Thomas Peele and John Woolfolk
The Contra Costa Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Among 9/11's most heartbreaking revelations was that the New York City police, firefighters and medical personnel who rushed into the burning Twin Towers couldn't talk to each other by radio, leading to mass confusion and scores of unnecessary deaths.

That hastened a nationwide call to ensure that emergency responders everywhere could communicate with each other anywhere at any time, especially when lives are at risk.

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