More than a decade after it was most needed, Congress is moving forward on a plan to connect first-responder radios, allowing for faster, safer emergency communications.

FOX News Radio's Chris Hoenig has details in our ongoing series on national security:

On September 11th, police officers couldn't communicate directly with firefighters, slowing orders to evacuate the Twin Towers.

(Schumer) "We can avoid repeating the communication failures of that tragic day."

New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer, unveiling a plan dedicating part of the broadcast spectrum to interconnected first-responder networks.

(Rockefeller) "First responders will be able to do their job better.  They'll be more safe in doing it, and they'll be more effective in doing it."

...Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller.  Auctioning off more broadcast space for wireless carriers is expected to cover the $7 billion price tag and generate billions in additional revenue.  The provisions are part of Congress' payroll tax agreement.

Chris Hoenig, FOX News Radio.