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New Emergency Cell Tower Saving Precious Minutes in Millsboro

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MILLSBORO, Del.- If firefighters are called into action in Sussex County, they will now have stronger cell service to answer that call. The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company is replacing it's former cell tower with a new 130 feet tall tower. 

Over the past several weeks, the Indian River Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 on Banks Rd. has been under construction. It was a collaborated effort between the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company and commercial entities to remove the existing tower and replace it with an up to date and more commercialized tower. The new tower will be a part of the AT&T First Net Emergency Responder Enhancement Initiative. 

Patrick Miller is the president and public information officer of the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company. Miller says the new tower will make it easier for first emergency responders to talk to each other. 

"All first responders, EMS, police, and fire companies will have the ability to have greater communication access. They will have better waves so that we can better communicate", explains Miller. 

Miller says not only does the new tower benefit during emergencies but also with everyday communication.

"During periods of non-emergencies everyone will benefit from the tower because it will enhance communication and provide less dead zones", mentions Miller. 

Norma Parks of Harbeson, Delaware says she drops calls frequently. Parks says this new tower is much needed with having poor cell service nearby.

"Since people tend to be getting rid of land lines and going to the cell phone, I think it's important that they have that connection", explains Parks. 

Parks says not only will the new tower enhance calls on land, but also on the water.

"I think more people will be able to use their cell phones out on the water. For example if they are in trouble they will be able to use it", mentions Parks. 

Patrick Miller says this new cell tower will be a way to save lives faster with one call at a time in Sussex County. Miller says the new tower is set to be up and running over the next couple of months. 

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