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Lisbon puts off purchase of handheld radios for the beach

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LISBON – The Lisbon Beach and Campground will have to wait before it can get new handheld radios.

Campground Director Michael J O’Neil requested the radios but without any idea how much they will cost the Town Council tabled the discussion for a future date.

Councilor Gary J. Jarvis estimated that radios will cost $250 to $300 each but noted that the price may vary depending upon the needs of the campground. The beach has a landline down at the beach currently and Councilor Susan M. Duffy said she will ensure it is operating to enable lifeguards to call emergency services in the event of a crisis.

But Ms. Duffy said the lifeguards should have a handheld radio as well in order to easily get in touch with Mr. O’Neil.

Currently Mr. O’Neil and one maintenance worker have radios.

“I think it’s a safety issue,” Ms. Duffy said.

Lifeguards are allowed to have their cellphones with them in order to reach Mr. O’Neil, but Ms. Duffy said the cellular reception on the beach is spotty.

“I think the radios should be there when the beach opens,” Ms. Duffy said, adding that beach will be open this weekend.

Councilor Alan D. Dailey agreed that lifeguards should be able to contact emergency services on their own.

However, Mr. Dailey said, until the town has a better idea of how much new radios will cost, one of the radios the campground currently has may need to be given to the lifeguards.

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