Fire department uses fire grants for new radios
The $216,000 in federal grant money will go to the purchase of radios
By Tony Cagala
The Coast News
ENCINITAS, Calif. — For many emergency crews around the country, replacing or upgrading radios has been a slow process due to high costs of the equipment and departments’ budgetary constraints.
Some of that was able to change when FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) began to offer grants that helped pay for much needed equipment for the departments. Through FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant, the Encinitas Fire Department will be able to upgrade all of their radios, ensuring that all will meet Project 25 requirements.
Since 2001 the Encinitas Fire Department has received of total of $983,396 from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant including the awarding of $126,709 this year, which will go towards the purchasing of the new radios.