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Joint Communications Center receives second grant

IOWA CITY– The announcement of a second grant award for the new Johnson County Joint Communications Center in Iowa City should help to ease the construction costs of the new building and county wide interoperable communications system.
In November 2008, the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency was awarded $1,927,882 from the federal Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant.
Funding from this grant will be used toward the new countywide joint emergency communications center and interoperable radio system.
In December 2008, the Iowa City Fire Department, on behalf of the Johnson County Mutual Aid Association, announced it had been selected to receive a $906,400 grant, earmarked for the purchase of radio equipment for the new center. The grant has been awarded by the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
“We are thrilled to have had both of these two grants come to fruition,” said Dave Wilson, Director of the Johnson County Emergency Management Agency. “Both Chief Rocca and I are obviously elated over the award of these two highly competitive grants,” stated Wilson.
These two grant awards will help significantly offset the cost of this state-of-the-art radio system and building, and help decrease the cost to the locals for the project. This system and building will be a model for other communities throughout Iowa, said Wilson.
100 percent of the grant funds will be used toward the cost of the new public safety interoperable radio system presently under construction in Johnson County, states Dave Wilson, EMA Director for the County.
This will be the most state of the art interoperable communications system and it will reside right here in eastern Iowa.
Construction of the new Joint Emergency Communications Center, EOC and Interoperable County Wide Radio System are presently underway. The targeted completion date for the entire project is late 2009.