(HARRISBURG) – Huntingdon County will receive $1 million to help offset the costs of replacing its 40-year-old public radio system, according to state Senator Jake Corman (R-34).
“This funding will help ensure that emergency responders in Huntingdon County have an up-to-date, reliable radio system,” Senator Corman said. “Technology has advanced significantly in the last four decades. These upgrades will ensure countywide operation of a radio system and enhance communications between fire, police and emergency medical staff.”
Senator Corman said the money comes from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RCAP), which is designed to assist in the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.
The project replaces the entire public radio system with all new equipment, adds four remote sites to allow for total countywide coverage and updates to existing radio sites. The total cost of the project is about $6.5 million. It is expected to be operational this fall.
“Effective communication in emergency situations can be a matter of life and death,” Senator Corman said. “This project updates an antiquated system and allows all emergency responders to be on the same band width and permits secure transmissions for police for additional safety.”