Federal Help for Emergency Communications in Vermont

BURLINGTON, June 20 - Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said $242,875 in federal grants will help Vermont first responders create an integrated emergency communications system.

"It is extremely important that our emergency responders can communicate with each other during emergencies," said Sanders. "We cannot quickly and effectively respond to crises if the left hand does not know what the right is doing. I am pleased that these federal funds will promote communications between firefighters, police officers, medics and other men and women on the front lines during times of emergency."

The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency is releasing these funds to Vermont under the 2008 Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program.

The program provides planning, training, and implementation funding to carry out initiatives to improve emergency communications during responses to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.