Bristol FD seeking grant for new radios

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Photo by mconnors via morgueFile.com


The Bristol Fire Department is seeking a Homeland Security grant that could let the department replace 10 radios– some of which are 10 years old.

The replacement of 10 radios would cost about $15,000, Chief Peter Parker said. If the 75-25 percent grant is received, the department’s cost would be $3,750.

The money to pick up the department’s share of the grant was not in the current town’s budget. Parker asked the Town Board Monday to commit to pay the $3,750 if the town gets the grant. The board agreed. The money would probably come from the town’s fund balance, town administrator Randy Kerkman said.

New standards in radios for fire departments mean the department’s current radios will have to be replaced sometime in the future.¬†However, if the department does not receive the grant, it will not replace the radios this year, Parker said.

“It’s an opportunity for the town to save some money while replacing these radios,” Parker said of the timing of the grant application.

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