$125,000 To Improve Emergency Response


By Amanda Wade

In Butler County, emergency responders are getting updated equipment thanks to a Homeland Security Grant.

The Butler County Emergency Management Agency director says nearly 50% of the $125,000 grant will go towards upgrading radio technology; making it easier for first responders to communicate with each other in emergencies and hopefully cutting down response times and improving safety for the county.

The EMA director, Shirley Sandy, says, "If our first responders can communicate with 9-1-1 and each other, there will be less accidents and it's going to be a safer environment for the first responders and for the public that we support."

The grant also includes new equipment like fire suits, night vision for deputies and police, and tools needed for emergency rescues. The EMA director also says all equipment will be purchased in the next 30 days.