Morgan County gets $460,000 in grants to upgrade radio communication

October 19, 2007

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Morgan County received more than $460,000 in grant funding to improve radio communications, the director of the county's Office of Emergency Services told the Morgan County Commission at its Friday meeting.

Dave Michael told the commission that a $210,531 grant recently was received from the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program, through federal Homeland Security funding, for county and town law enforcement.

Michael said 14 members of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, six Town of Bath police officers and one police officer in Paw Paw, W.Va., will receive radio equipment, and the police forces' mobile reserves will be equipped with any remaining funds.

A second grant worth $251,395 was received from the West Virginia Homeland Security Program.

This grant is for nonlaw-enforcement agencies such as OES, the 911 Center, Emergency Medical Services and fire departments. Because of limited supply, only the mobile units will go to the fire department engines, tankers and rescue squad, Michael said.


"The state has been working on being equipped statewide with radios to communicate with each other," he said.

Michael said the system should be in operation by early summer 2008.

Michael said he will apply for a Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant to complete the county's remaining needs.

Michael said Jefferson, Berkeley and Hampshire counties also received radio equipment funding.

- Trish Rudder

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