GJ awarded money for radios

Grand Junction will receive money to buy hundreds of radios that will allow firefighters across the county to communicate with police, emergency and other public-safety workers more efficiently.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration will spend $922,007 to buy 454 radios for 11 fire-fighting agencies across Mesa County. The 800 MHz radios should allow all public-safety agencies to communicate on one frequency with less interruption or loss of service, officials said.

The Federal Communications Commission has mandated all agencies switch to that bandwidth by 2012 and the grant will take care of all the fire-safety agencies in Mesa County as part of an $8.9 million project for public safety across the county.

“The last thing we want to see is Colorado firefighters losing their calls in an emergency or not being able to communicate with other emergency workers,” Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo. said. “The wildfire season this year has already shaped up to be an aggressive one, making it all the more important that our public-safety officers have the proper equipment to safely do their jobs.”


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