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Come marathon day, communication will be critical for police officers, water-stop volunteers and parking-garage attendants.
Owens Communications Inc. is providing 100 two-way radios as part of its sponsorship of the event. The company also is assisting with training, is attending planning meetings and will have at least two volunteers on hand Sept. 28 to ensure someone is available to troubleshoot problems with the radios or answer questions.
President Tony A. Owens said keeping a constant, dependable line of communication open is important for the event to run smoothly — for routine matters or immediate needs.
First responders, including police and medical personnel, will have their regular work radios. On marathon day, however, they also will have the additional marathon radios tracking all things related to race events.
Owens is familiar with local first-responding agencies because he already contracts with the Columbus police and fire departments to supply radio and other equipment. He offered to donate the radios because he wanted to support the marathon and the community.
Owens Communications has offices in Columbus and three other cities.
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