The Sylvania Township trustees have approved to accept a bid from Motorola to allow for the purchase of a number of radios for the township fire department.
The cost of the equipment will be considerably reduced with funding from a grant announced last year from the Federal Emergency Management Administration of more than $700,000 to be shared by several area fire departments.
The bid from Motorola was for nearly $900,000. The bid was the lowest submitted, but more expensive than anticipated so each of the departments will likely have to reduce the amount of equipment they had originally sought.
Sylvania Township’s fire department had been approved for purchasing up to 20 portable units which are worn by firefighters and nine mobile units which are installed in fire vehicles.
A meeting of the departments is scheduled to determine what each intends to do.
Other departments which are to share in the grant are Toledo, Rossford, Maumee, Whitehouse, Richfield, and Jerusalem townships.
At the time of the grant announcement Sylvania Township Fire Chief Mike Ramm said it was particularly timely because Motorola had announced that they were planning to discontinue production of the radios currently in use by the end of the year.
Although there would be an inventory of parts available for a time to repair current radios, it would reach a point where they would have to be replaced. The FEMA grant is a big help in that regard, he said.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
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