ELMIRA- Wednesday, Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Chemung County Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora unveiled the new radios each law enforcement agency in Chemung County recently received.
Chemung County received 130 new radios through New York State Department of Homeland Security Office of Interoperable Communications Grant funding for each of its law enforcement agencies. Departments include the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, Elmira Police Department, West Elmira Police Department, Horseheads Police Department and Elmira Heights Police Department.
"The purchase and distribution of these new portable radios is another step Chemung County has taken to improve the communication infrastructure for emergency communication for local police and fire agencies. This also helps smaller agencies with limited budgets provide a quality product to our employees at no cost to the local taxpayer while providing peace of mind to administrators. The Elmira Heights Police Department would like to thank EMO Director Mark Cicora for his dedication and including us in this grant opportunity," said Elmira Heights Police Chief Rusty Hauptman.
The new radios allow enhanced voice quality for the entire coverage area; each radio has an ID number that allows the 911 center to know if an officer is trouble when an emergency button is pushed as well as several other safety features. The State covered the cost of $256,729.94 for the radios.
The City of Elmira received 50 portables, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office received 39 mobiles (vehicle radios), the West Elmira Police Department received 12 portables, the Horseheads Police Department received 17 portables and the Elmira Heights Police Department received 12 portables. Each agency also received carrying cases, chargers, and shoulder mics for all radios as needed.
“The procurement of these Project25 standard radios for our local law enforcement agencies will provide enhanced communication, national interoperability and additional safety features. These radios
will replace aging units, which have begun to fail frequently, and are in need of replacement. With Tom Santulli’s continued support, we utilized NYS Dept. of Homeland Security Office of Interoperability Communications Grant funding to provide our law enforcement agencies with this necessary equipment at no cost to the local municipalities,” said Chemung County Fire and Emergency Management Director, Mark Cicora.