Area fire districts recently received $1.5 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to purchase emergency radios.
Funding will go to Laurelton Fire District, North East Joint District, Ridge Culver Fire District, Point Pleasant Fire District, Sea Breeze Fire District, St. Paul Boulevard Fire District and West Webster Fire District.
Fire departments in Monroe County’s First Battalion will replace outdated communications equipment with the latest technology by purchasing 300 portable radios equipped with speaker microphones and vehicle chargers. These will be assigned to all individuals with seated positions specific to fire suppression, rescue or command.
These upgrades will improve firefighter safety and help fire districts provide better service for their communities.
“It’s essential that our fire departments have the equipment necessary to carry out their lifesaving work, and that’s exactly what this award will make possible,” said U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-25th District. “It will allow the districts to update their communications technology to help keep residents safe.”
All county fire departments are required to be compliant with the new Monroe County Public Safety P25 Communications System by January 2020. This equipment will maintain the ability to communicate with local, state and federal responders by using multiband technology.