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December 4, 2013

Franklin County wins $3.5 million grant

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RADIO EQUIPMENT

At the same time, fire departments, emergency-services companies and the three municipal police departments in Malone, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake will receive $1.3 million in high-band-frequency base radio equipment.

If there is any money left over, Provost said, he will upgrade tower sites in Westville and Bombay.

He credited Deputy Director John Bashaw II for the success of the grant application, saying he “did a tremendous amount of work on this.”  

Equipment for the interoperable system is expected to last 20 to 30 years, and it could save $20,000 to $22,000 a year because the county would no longer have to pay rent to other entities for tower space for other microwave equipment it uses.

SECOND PHASE

Provost considers this $3.5 million the second phase of funding for communications upgrades.

The first was $365,000 won by the county in a competitive-grant program for improvements to its 911 dispatch public-safety-answering point, and the third will again involve acquisition of high-band-radio frequency from Canada.

In making the announcement Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said $75 million would fund interoperable communications and that $5 million would go to technical rescue and urban search-and-rescue teams, bomb-squad initiatives, canine explosive-detection teams and protection for communities with critical infrastructure used for special events or other sites at risk seasonally.

“New York has seen some of the nation’s worst disasters in recent years, and this $80 million will go a long way to strengthen the network of locally based emergency-response infrastructure across our state,” he said in a news release.

Email Denise A. Raymo:draymo@pressrepublican.com

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