Kenner Fire Department Grant- Two Way Radios

Kenner Fire Department Grant- Two Way Radios

Kenner Fire Department Grant




Radios Connect With All Agencies in Southeast Louisiana


Officials of Jefferson Parish selected the Kenner Fire Department to receive 12 new two-way

portable radios under a federal communications grant program for radio interoperability for

2009. The award is part of a $238,810.36 federal grant program to benefit communities in

Jefferson Parish with a total of 39 new portable radios and 19 new mobile radios.

Kenner Fire Chief John Hellmers said he was pleased with the award and that the radios give

his department additional capability in staying in constant touch with local, federal and state

first responders in times of community emergencies.

Southeast Louisiana makes up a region that the federal government has been supporting a

change over to 700 megahertz radio units capable of electronically interconnecting with all first

responder agencies whether they are in Jefferson, New Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard

Parishes, state police, levee districts, U.S. Coast Guard, F.B.I. and others. The plan is to

eliminate the lack of cross-agency contact that existed during emergencies like Hurricane

Katrina and the 9/11 terrorist event in New York.

Hellmers said this grant will put one 700 series radio in the hands of each on-duty Kenner

firefighter, thereby better ensuring the safety of his firefighters and the public across each shift.

He said a great deal of thanks goes to Deano Bonano, parish director of Homeland Security,

for his efforts in securing the new radios.

Parish officials said those numbers may change slightly if some of the radios require a dual

control capability, since those cost more.

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Danny Lanier wrote:
Thanks to all who worked on the project. Awsome

Wed, May 13, 2009 @ 5:55 PM

2. gus wrote:
why don't they fix the damn radios dispatch uses. you can barely make them out at times. someone told me that they use portables instead of their base radios. what happened when they went to the p.d. building over a year ago? did they leave the radios behind at the old fire alarm? how profession for our dispatch center to use portables.

Mon, July 6, 2009 @ 9:43 AM

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I want to buy your old fire two way radio give me. A pricer

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