12/07/2012

Safety personnel apply for grant to upgrade radio communication

Public Safety officials got permission to investigate a $500,000 Community Innovation Challenge grant in hopes of improving regional communications

Jennifer Solis
The Daily News of Newburyport

WEST NEWBURY, Mass. — Public Safety officials got permission to investigate a $500,000 Community Innovation Challenge grant in hopes of improving regional communications and addressing problems with in-town emergency radio capacity.

At a meeting last week, police Chief Lisa Holmes and fire Chief Scott Berkenbush told selectmen the grant would be applied for jointly by safety personnel in Amesbury, Merrimac, Newburyport, Salisbury and West Newbury. The microwave radio system would provide a foundation that each community could tap into, Holmes said following the meeting.

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