|Updated: 7/08/2013 10:20 am
||Published: 7/05/2013 9:24 pm
Turley Volunteer Fire Department receives a portion of new radio supplies
The Turley Volunteer Fire Department is one step closer to receiving a technology upgrade.
Today the firefighters received a docking station and batteries that are part of a grant which will provide new radios for the department.
"This morning we received our first shipment," said Lieutenant Ben Hatch with the Turley Volunteer Fire Department.
In part, the grant will help the department to purchase 15 megahertz portable radios and eight mobile radios.
"Hopefully in the next few weeks the radios will start to trickle in," said Hatcher.
The Turley Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters grant in the amount of $169,480.00. The firefighters will have to match the grant at 5 percent which will total $8,920. The grant has twoparts. The first part is for the radio upgrade and the second part is for firefighter training.
Hatcher told FOX23 that the new radios will be a game changer for firefighters this summer.
"Right now we aren't able to communicate with Tulsa and we aren't able to communicate with Owasso," said Hatcher, "Once we get these radios it's going to be a big boost in our communications capabilities."