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Adams County EMS gets federal funds to replace old radios

Posted: Mar. 21, 2013 2:59 pm Updated: Apr. 11, 2013 3:15 pm

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF

Adams County Ambulance and EMS will receive a $54,720 federal grant that will be used to replace aging radio systems.

"The upgrades will replace old equipment that is no longer serviceable and will help improve radio communications between the paramedics and EMTs" and the dispatch center, said EMS Chief Paul Davis.

Officials learned about the successful grant application through a phone call from the office of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Wednesday.

"We must ensure that (firefighters and first responders) are equipped with the best tools possible to do their jobs well and today's grants will help meet that goal," Durbin said in a release.

Last year the ambulance service received $56,000 from the FEMA Grant process to outfit ambulance stations with vehicle exhaust removal systems.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant was launched in 2001 and has awarded $5.25 billion in federal funds to first-responder organizations across the nation. During fiscal year 2012 the program awarded about $337.5 million.

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