TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Communication technologies are very important to first responders, especially when answering to service calls - and fire departments across Southern Arizona are about to get some high-tech improvements.
The Northwest Fire District announced a grant of more than $2.8 million from the Department of Homeland Security that will go towards implementing and upgrading mobile and portable radio communications for fire agencies across southern Arizona - and will improve communication with state and local federal agencies.
Fire agencies paticipating in this grant include: The Northweswt Fire District, Tucson Fire Department, Golder Ranch Fire District, Rincon Valley Fire District, Drexel Heights Fire District, Green Valley Fire District, Pascua Yaqui Fire Department, Picture Rocks Fire District, Corona de Tucson Fire District. and Helmet Peak Volunteer Fire Department.
The grant requires a 10% match of federal funds (approx. $280,000) for a total budget for the project of about $3.1 million. Each agency will be assessed a portion of the matching funds based upon the amount of equipment they receive.
The actual sum of the grant is $2,839,313.67. The total budget for the project is $3,123,245.04.