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Pittsfield Awarded $313K From Homeland Security

12:00AM / Friday, February 09, 2007

Pittsfield – City Fire Chief James C. Sullivan, Jr. announced Thursday that the fire department has been awarded $313,023 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to significantly improve the City’s emergency response communications infrastructure.

Grant Offers Firefighter Support

The funding is a part of the Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant and represents a 90 percent share of the approved total project cost of $347,803. The City will contribute 10 percent for the cost of the project, which will used to upgrade the radio and communications infrastructure, including base stations, radio dispatching consoles, mobile data terminals and other federally required equipment.

“We all know how important the role that communications plays at a time of an emergency,” said Mayor James M. Ruberto. “I commend Chief Sullivan for his work to secure federal dollars for these essential upgrades, which will help us serve our citizens when they need it the most.”

Sullivan said the department will be working with officials from the U.S. Fire Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which carry out the federal responsibilities of administering the grant.

“These upgrades will allow us to respond more efficiently to all emergencies, including those more catastrophic in nature.” said Sullivan. “We look forward to implementing the new equipment to better serve our community.”



The City Council will be asked to accept the grant at its next meeting on Tuesday, February 13.

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