The upgrade to New Milford's emergency communications system is ahead of schedule.

All six transmission sites are in place and testing is scheduled this month, according to Mike Zarba, director of Public Works.

Phase one, the upgrade of the police department console system, is completed. Phase two, the upgrades of the entire field infrastructure, is underway now.

The main hub tower is installed at the police department, double the height of the previous tower.

The new tower has all the antennas and several microwave dishes mounted to allow communication with other sites.

The other sites are Chapin Road, O & G (receive only), the New Milford ambulance building, Gaylordsville near the firehouse, and New Milford High School.

At the high school, roughly two-thirds of a third-floor closet is being used with a small housing mounted on the outside of the building for the antenna and microwave dish.

With the new simulcast system in place, all responders in town will have the same coverage footprint.

The project is expected to be online by Sept. 1, Zarba said.

Susan Tuz