Grant will pay for new Glenwood Fire Department radios |

Grant will pay for new Glenwood Fire Department radios

The Glenwood Springs Fire Department has received a $25,000 mini grant from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District for the purchase of 15 rugged portable radios to be used for emergency communications.

The new radios cost about $5,000 each, for a total project cost of $75,000, and come with spare batteries and remote speaker microphones. The remaining cost will be covered by the city.

Glenwood Fire Chief Gary Tillotson said that effective and reliable communication is essential for timely and coordinated responses to life-threatening incidents. However, the Fire Department’s aging radios were beginning to disrupt the work of firefighters and were becoming a safety risk, he said.

“This grant money in conjunction with match money from our equipment replacement funds will allow the department to replace the bulk of our ‘mission critical’ handheld radios over the next few months,” Tillotson said. “These upgrades will provide for more reliable communication and enhanced firefighter safety.”

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