Montgomery County firefighters discover Metro radio trouble

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Montgomery County fire officials say they've discovered trouble using their radios in some portions of the Metro system, an issue that follows similar problems for District of Columbia firefighters, but Metro officials say the problem has since been fixed.

A memo sent Saturday by a fire official who oversees emergency communications and technology for the county says bi-monthly testing found that portions of the Metro system's red line had "poor to non-existent" radio coverage.

Battalion Chief Michael Baltrotsky wrote that the problem is in "segments of the below grade" red line system. That means firefighters will have "little to no radio coverage" in "tunnels and some below-grade stations," he wrote.

Metro said Monday that the issue was isolated to portions of the Wheaton station and has been resolved.

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