LIVERMORE – The Highway Department has received two radios about a year old and retired due to a major state upgrade.

The radios are considered “gently used” and were free thanks to Androscoggin County Emergency Management Agency, town administrative assistant Kurt Schaub said Feb. 12.

Livermore’s only cost is for programming and installation.

When the program was first heard of, Highway Department foreman Roger Ferland said he would be interested in at least a couple of radios because the town’s radios will tune to other channels but not scan between them, Schaub said.

For example, the Highway Department can tune to the channel used by the Fire Department but cannot monitor their communications should they need assistance at a fire or accident scene without leaving the Highway Department channel, he said.

The result is quicker support, if needed, Schaub said.

One of the two radios that were replaced was converted so it can be used in any equipment the town might might rent, such as an excavator or street sweeper.

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