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$300G communications grant for fire districts

The Eastport Fire District has been awarded a federal grant worth more than $300,000 to purchase communication equipment such as pagers and radios.

The grant, announced yesterday, by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), will be shared with the East Moriches and Westhampton Beach fire districts.

“On behalf of the residents of the Eastport, East Moriches and Westhampton Beach fire districts, we would like to thank Congressman Zeldin for his assistance in obtaining this award,” Eastport Fire Commissioner Thomas Collins said in a statement. “Fire grants provide a path to increase firefighter safety, enhance fire safety in our communities and keep taxes down while improving compliance with national standards.”

The $313,334 grant will enable the districts to buy pagers, radios and mobile data terminals to improve communication between firefighters and firehouse dispatchers. Funds come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

Mobile data terminals are small, vehicle-based computer terminals that store information about emergency locations such as the presence of hazardous materials, previous calls and fire inspections, and disabled people who live there, said Kevin Mulrooney of Grant Guys, a private consulting firm that helped the districts obtain the grant.

In a statement, Zeldin said firefighters “put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities, and ensuring they have access to the best possible equipment must always be a top priority.”

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