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Lack of Communication a Problem During Gas Station Explosion
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Crews who responded to the BP gas station explosion said communications with other emergency agencies slowed their progress.

Detective Gene Tolbert of St. Johns Sheriff's Office said, "Between communications with our agency, with our fire department and Jacksonville Fire Department, it's a nightmare."

It's the same problem that plagued 9/11 responders in New York.

St. John's County Commissioner Mark Miner said, "In St. Johns County we're one of the only counties on the east coast that doen not have an 800 megahertz system, which is greatly inhibiting them."

He added, "That's a good question, obviously there's some funding issues. The hope was the federal government would allow us some more time to get the money to get the right system."

That system will cost between 20 and 30 million dollars.

"We don't have the money. We have to get the money, we have to get the system," Miner said.

Miner added that there is a proposal to increase the mill levy to raise an additional four or five million dollars toward the conversion.

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