Schenectady County

Schenectady County receives $608K to boost emergency communications

Schenectady Fire Department at Station 1 is seen on Feb. 24, 2021.
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Schenectady Fire Department at Station 1 is seen on Feb. 24, 2021.

SCHENECTADY COUNTY – The county will use a $608,673 state grant to improve its emergency communications, the state announced this week.

The grant money will be used for Schenectady County’s commitment to an $18 million countywide radio operability project to modernize its public safety network communication equipment, county spokeswoman Erin Roberts said.

The project, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, Roberts said, includes:

  • A tower system
  • Base units at fire houses and stations
  • Portable and vehicle radios for police and fire units

The funding is a portion of $45 million announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul to nearly 60 counties for improving the operability of emergency communications throughout the state. 

“This grant will ensure our firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and paramedics, and anyone who responds to a disaster will have the tools and training they need to communicate more effectively and efficiently,” Hochul said.

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