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Sprint shows off emergency equipment to Valley police

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Valley police agencies met in Glendale on Tuesday to check out the latest in emergency response communications equipment.

Representatives from Sprint showcased equipment designed to get communications back up and running in the event of an emergency. Sprint’s Tanya Lin-Jones said the equipment can help answer several questions.

“How we can restore communications at a 911 center if it were to go down in the event of an emergency or a disaster or a terror event type of thing,” she said. “How do we restore communications at a large national corporation so that they can get their point of sale systems back up and running?”

Lin-Jones described the largest piece of a equipment that was on display.

“We have a satellite truck. We can drop it anywhere and create a cellular bubble of coverage. We can tie it into our existing Sprint coverage as well, so that we can bring coverage into those devastated areas.”

The equipment would cost the agencies about $6,000 dollars per month and Lin-Jones said that could be reimbursed by FEMA.

Sprint is taking the equipment on a 23-city tour to show it to police and fire agencies.