AFD receives 911 funds
Prior to the start of the commissioners meeting, New Albany Fire Department Chief Matt Juliot and Capt. Matt Boyer made their plea for 911 funds to help offset the cost of a new radio system.
The fire department wants to join the Hoosier Safety 800 megahertz system in order to update its communication system. The system allows the fire department to talk to other emergency personnel across the state who are on the system, as well as with Louisville’s Fire Department.
The $600,000 needed would pay for three console units for dispatchers and 37 portable radios.
“Everyone north of Bloomington is already on this,” Juliot said.
He said the current radio system, purchased in 2005, is “outdated” and is not appropriate for firefighters.
He said the radios are not waterproof and many times do not work in wet and smoky conditions. He said managers at Wal-Mart carry the same type of radios.
“We need something now,” Boyer said.
The city already has committed $300,000 for the new system. Juliot said he has also applied for a
$1 million federal grant and hopes to hear an answer on that application by March.
The commissioners said they understand the need, but said in 2005 they gave the NAFD $536,000 for a radio system which is now outdated. They also said only $513,000 remains in the 911 fund which the commissioners administer.
The commissioners eventually agreed to provide $150,000 to the system. Juliot seemed pleased with the compromise and said he would ask the city council to come up with the remaining $150,000.