Jefferson County Gets $4.1M To Improve Emergency Communications

Jefferson County Gets $4.1M To Improve Emergency Communications

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Jefferson County is getting $4.1 million from the state to improve its emergency communications.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday.

The money will be used to implement a state-of-the-art system that connects all radio sites in the county and add new radio channels to strengthen communications between multiple jurisdictions and agencies.

Jefferson County is among seven counties in New York which are splitting up more than $32 million in grant funding to improve emergency communications. 

It will dramatically improve communications among police agencies, fire departments and rescue squads.

Jefferson County is nearing the end of an eight-year, $22 million  upgrade of its emergency radio system, including 12 new towers. 

It's said to be the county's most expensive capital project ever. The $4.1 million grant will be applied to the cost. 

"This four, what it's doing, we were still moving forward. It was just going to be county tax dollars that we were going to have to bond for to purchase this. And now with this grant, we're saving the county taxpayers $4 million," said Jefferson County Emergency Management Director Joe Plummer. 

Plummer says the project should be finished late next year. 

He says it will sharply improve communications among all the emergency responders across the county and even let the county communicate with neighboring counties via radio.

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