City of Green Fire Division Receives Department of Homeland Security Grant
Green, OH – The City of Green Fire Division was recently awarded a Department of Homeland Security, Assistance to Firefighters Grant, for the purchase of new radios. The $898,230 regional grant was awarded to the Cities of Green and New Franklin, the Village of Clinton and Coventry Township for the purchase of new P25 Technology radios, which are compatible with all Summit County emergency response agencies.
The grant requires each community to contribute 10% in matching funds for a total amount of $81,657 toward the purchase of the radios. The City of Green is purchasing 60 portable or personal radios and 30 mobile truck radios with the grant monies.
“Through our partnership with the Summit / Akron 800 MHz Regional Radio System, we are under a mandate to upgrade our radio technology by the end of 2017 to ensure public safety in the event of a regional emergency,” said Jeff Funai, city of Green Fire Chief. “This grant was critical because the upgrade is a significant investment for our community. These new radios keep us up to date with current technology and give us the interoperability we need.”
The Assistance to Firefighters Program Grant, administered by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, funds projects with the purpose to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel against fire and fire-related hazards.
Additional Regional Grant
In the fall of 2016, the City in partnership with Coventry Township was awarded a Local Government Safety Capital Grant through the State of Ohio Development Services Agency. The $332,579 grant was used to purchase three MCC-7500 P25 radio dispatch consoles for the City of Green Dispatch Center. Both Coventry Township and the City of Green were awarded $100,000 with a required match of $10,859.67 to purchase two of the consoles. The third console was purchased by the City of Green Fire Division for $110,859.67.
“Through these two grants the City of Green has been able to upgrade all of our radios by leveraging our regional partnerships to better serve our community,” said Funai.
The City of Green, Ohio, founded in 1992, is a prosperous, progressive and promising city with more than 25,000 residents. Approximately 33.5 square-miles, Green is located in southern Summit County. Visit www.cityofgreen.org or follow us @Cityofgreen on Twitter or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofgreenohio