Wednesday, October 18, 2017


“Chemung County Receives $6M Communications Grant”

ELMIRA – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli announced today, the County has been awarded a $6 million grant from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications.  The grant will be used to develop the infrastructure necessary to upgrade the county-wide fire radio system.

The project will include radio tower sites and E911 Center equipment for the fire radio system as well as provide the system architecture that will tie in with the fiber optic backbone installation project for improvement to the public works radio system and the county-wide law enforcement radio system.

The Interoperable Communications Grant program is funded by wireless E911 surcharge revenue paid by County residents on their cell phone bills. The grant carries no local share costs.

“This grant will assist the County and local municipalities with replacement of the deteriorating 60 year old fire radio system and other public safety communications,” said Santulli.  “Our first responders and county residents will greatly benefit from the improved system and the County will be working with other local municipal officials to ensure that all fire departments can be involved in this important system improvement.”

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