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First responders rely on local company's communication devices when disasters strike

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - You see the small digital portable radios that first responders carry around all the time.

The Lynchburg Fire Department told ABC 13 those radios are crucial in keeping them prepared should any flooding ever come their way. They said a local company plays a big role in your safety.

"This radio is all digital and can talk to not only other radios, but can talk to the 911 center, can talk to any of our surrounding localities and partners in our area," fire chief Greg Wormser explained.

They serve as a crucial communication tool when first responders take on disasters like Florence.

"It's very valuable for first responders because as they go into unknown situations they can communication on a number of different frequencies," said Nino DiCosmo, the president of Harris Critical Communications Division in Lynchburg.

Having those radios here at home makes a life-saving difference for Wormser.

When Florence hit the Carolinas, Lynchburg braced for a potential impact. To keep you safe they needed more of them. "Within about two hours we had the radios," said Wormser. "They were fully programmed and ready to be deployed in the event that we were going to need them."

The fire department said they have 143 portable radios available to help them respond properly.

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