Ill. Fire Departments Receive Federal Grant to Buy Portable Radios
June 28—The fire departments in La Grange, Western Springs and La Grange Park have been awarded a $309,000 grant to help them purchase new portable radios.
The grant is being made through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
La Grange Fire Chief Don Gay said the new radios will be dual band and will allow employees better communicate with other agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"We'll be able to talk with the state and FEMA during emergencies," he said.
He said the need to better communicate with other governmental bodies and agencies came to light after 9/11.
"The interoperability was designed after 9/11," he said.
The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program provides federal funds to fire departments and emergency medical service organizations in order to improve response capabilities.
Gay said each of the departments will pay 10 percent of the cost of the radios they purchase.
The La Grange Fire Department will purchase 19 radios. He said his department's current radios are between 8 and 20 years old.
Gay said he doesn't yet have a date for when the radios will be installed. He said they will need to go through a bidding process to purchase the radios.
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