County Gets $823,000 Grant Through Homeland Security

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A $823,000 Homeland Security grant will help emergency communications in Gila County.

"I'm encouraged by the fact that Homeland Security funds are finally available to us two years after the attacks of 9/11," County Supervisor Ron Christensen said.

"The power outage (on the East Coast) showed rural communities can be affected. We are all subject to these particular happenings. We have no immunity," Christensen said. "We are not in a position to financially deal with it."

Carmen Corso, director of the county's emergency management office, made the presentation on the grant, which requires no matching money.

"Seven agencies applied and identified $946,010 in needs."

Applying were:

  • Sheriff's office, requesting $507,855 for a mobile command vehicle, two radio consoles, 15 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and training for its use, four radio repeaters, eight satellite phones and four Global Positioning System units;
  • County emergency services, $210,000 for a second emergency communications channel, a microwave/communications study, four radio repeaters and two generators for mountaintop radio sites;
  • County public works, $30,000 for two radio repeaters;
  • Globe police, $72,519 for a radio console, seven SCBAs and training, 13 GPS units and three satellite phones;
  • Globe fire, $44,600 for a radio repeater, 20 SCBAs, 13 GPS units and four satellite phones;
  • Payson police, $79,936 for a radio console, eight SCBAs and training, 13 GPS units and three satellite phones; and
  • Payson fire, $4,100 for 13 GPS units and three satellite phones.

"Roosevelt area residents have no water, every household is affected," Sheriff John Armer said, following this week's flooding near Tonto Basin. "Cell phones are spotty, so emergency communications must be provided."

He said the mobile command vehicle and satellite phones would have been helpful dealing with the problems.

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