Emergency management crews in Chemung County now have a new and more efficient way to communicate.
After four long years, this new $8.4 million project will greatly enhance notification and emergency communications for all fire personnel throughout the county.
“It allows the fire departments to be able to communicate with the 911 Center more effectively, and communicate with each other on the scene of an emergency more effectively,” Chemung County Fire and Emergency Management Director Mark Cicora said. “So, they can serve the community and the people more safely and efficiently”.
This new system includes six new tower sites, upgrades to existing towers, new radios and portable communication systems which will all provide full communication coverage that the county struggled with in the past.
“This brings huge coverage that we didn’t have before,” Chemung County 911 emergency medical dispatcher James Allington said. “Before we had to switch tower sites to certain areas to strengthen the signal where we couldn’t hear units responding. Now, the coverage is county wide.”
The project was completed with $6 million in Federal and New York State Department of Homeland Security Emergency Services grants, and the rest through the Chemung County Legislature.
“It was money well worth spent,” Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli said. “We want to thank the state for the money they sent us, the six million, and for the [Chemung] County Legislature who came up with the rest. This is all new radios, pagers for the trucks, portables. It’s a totally new system. Everything is new.”