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Emergency Response Agencies Get Grant for Equipment Upgrades
The Springfield Police Department is one of nine emergency response agencies receiving grant money to upgrade communications equipment.
The $10,000 grant money comes from the September 11 Fund, which is supported by part of the fee for each America Remembers Illinois license plate purchased.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency director Jonathon Monken said the money will pay for maintaining equipment that helps different agencies communicate with one another.
"What we have is, we call it an ITECS trailer, which is called the Illinois Transportable Emergency Communications Suite," telecommunications manager Michael Midiri said. "What it is is radio systems/satellite/ telephone system on wheels."
One of the largest issues hampering rescue efforts in New York City on 9-11 was the inability of agencies to electronically communicate on different types of equipment.
Midiri said the ITECS trailer is perfect for any emergency situation during which communications are down or need to be expanded.