The city of Auburn has received a federal grant of $219,122 to buy new portable radios for the fire department.
FEMA grant will allow AFD to upgrade its emergency communications
The grant was announced at this week’s City Council meeting by acting City Manager Jenny Haines, the city Director of Planning and Development, filling in for the vacationing Jeff Dygert. Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason says the radios will allow the fire department to upgrade to the latest communications technology.
It took a while for the grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters program to come through. The city applied for the grant last year. The city will match ten percent of the amount, bringing the total cost of the radios to $241,035.
Quill testimony before Congress helped keep program alive
In June 2004, Mayor Michael Quill, in his first stint as Mayor, testified in favor of renewing the grant program at a hearing of the House Science Committee, chaired by upstate Congressman Sherwood Boehlert. The hearing was held at the Auburn Fire Department. Quill had previously served as Auburn Fire Chief.
When the new radios come in, the old ones will be used by other city departments.
Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason below.
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