Frederick County to receive federal funding for dual-band radios

Maryland's U.S. senators and congressmen said Wednesday that the Frederick County Division of Fire and Services will receive $575,000 in federal funding.
This funding is being made available through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) of the Department of Homeland Security. This will allow the division to purchase portable radios and to enhance their interoperable communication capacity.
“Our first responders need the right resources at the ready to protect them as they protect the public during natural disasters or man-made crises," Sen. Ben Cardi (D-MD) said. "They are our first line of defense and we want them all to return home to their families safely. This federal funding is an important investment in keeping Frederick County families and businesses safe if and when a disaster strikes.”

Because the western portion of Maryland is mountainous, fire stations and departments located in this area use 400 MHz UHF frequencies, which are clearer for local operations but they do not communicate with the 800 MHz UHF frequency that is utilized throughout Frederick County. New radios will be assigned to critical positions that are more likely to serve the western portion of the state in mutual aid calls.

“Every day when our first responders report for duty, they don’t know what they will face," Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) said. "That’s why I fight every year for the equipment, training and staffing our protectors and communities deserve.”

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