Verizon Tower in Oracle expected to improve fire safety

The new 4G LTE Verizon cell phone tower in Oracle appears to be in operation and will greatly improve cell phone and Wi-Fi enabled device service in the area.

“It is exactly what Oracle Fire Department has needed to make our communication system function in a way that will much improve the effectiveness of our emergency operations,” said Oracle Fire Interim Fire Chief Larry Southard.

Verizon says that the 4G system is 10 times faster than the old 3G service provided by the old tower.

The new cell tower will enable many people that were living in areas with poor cell phone service or no service to have clear cell phone communication.

“the new system should also reach into areas that we’ve previously encountered communication difficulties and sometimes even complete communication failure,” Southard said. “Completion of this tower should greatly improve Oracle Fire Department operations and have a positive effect on the safety of our citizens.”

Southard thanked Ross Hopkins, Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios and Verizon for making this possible.

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