MEMA & MSP Distribute Public Safety Communications Equipment To Local Public Colleges

Framingham, MA The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Headquarters in Framingham was the site for the distribution Public Safety Communications Equipment across the Commonwealth were on hand to accept this equipment

MEMA & MSP DISTRIBUTE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT TO LOCAL PUBLIC COLLEGES 
Radios Worth $111,000 Acquired through Department of Justice Grant 

Framingham, MA The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Headquarters in Framingham was the site for the distribution Public Safety Communications Equipment to a dozen Massachusetts public colleges on Tuesday, December 10, 2002. Campus Public Safety Directors from across the Commonwealth were on hand to accept this equipment. These radios are valued at over $111,000, bringing the total grant money spent on this phase of the program to $1,500,000. This equipment was secured by MEMA as part of a Department of Justice Grant. 

The ability to better communicate has been a longstanding need expressed by Public Safety officials on our college campuses, as well as in our local communities, stated MEMA Director Stephen J. McGrail. MEMA has been working very hard with the Massachusetts State Police to better serve our communication needs during times of emergency. By strategically placing this equipment around the Commonwealth, all of our communities, including the colleges are safer places. 

Those receiving equipment are Bunker Hill Community College, Fitchburg State College, Framingham State College, Holyoke Community College, Massasoit Community College, Salem State College, UMASS-Amherst, UMASS-Boston, UMASS-Dartmouth, UMASS-Lowell, UMASS-Worcester and Westfield State College. 

Each Institution received caches consisting of 4 portable 800khz radios, speaker/microphones, 4 spare batteries and one rack-charger, valued at almost $10,000. These caches are in addition to the $855,000 of equipment recently made available to over 50 communities throughout the Commonwealth. Together with other specialized equipment (repeaters), at a cost of $493,000, which were previously purchased through a Department of Justice Grant, the Commonwealth is building a basic capacity for statewide interoperable communication, benefiting first-responders at the local, regional and state level as well as many of our state's campuses. 

The communication caches will operate on ITAC repeaters (national Public Safety frequencies) and statewide local Public Safety interoperability talkgroups. These Command Coordination Caches will be distributed as caches of shared equipment and stored for use on campuses, but also be available to local Emergency Managers, Fire Districts, and Police Regions statewide. 

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state and local resources to protect the public during disasters and emergencies. MEMA helps develop plans for effective response to all hazards, trains emergency personnel, provides information to families and communities, and assists in recovery from disaster losses. You can learn about MEMA by visiting the MEMA homepage at www.mass.gov/mema. 
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