Law enforcement officials at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are turning to private fundraisers to try to find enough money to replace their outdated hand-held radios.
The Associated Press reported that most of the radios were bought in 2003 and are well past their typical 10-year lifespan. Some have stopped working in the middle of shifts, Smokies Chief Ranger Steve Kloster said.
“Luckily we have not had any life or death type incidents in which a ranger was in need of backup,” Kloster said.
The park, which straddles North Carolina and Tennessee along the Appalachian Mountains, needs $1.3 million to replace the radios and $1.2 million to fix repeaters and transmitters to make sure signals reach throughout the rugged national park and surrounding jurisdictions, officials said.
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