MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Madison County volunteer fire departments will get new communication equipment as a result of a large grant.
The grant, $1.26 million, would supply the fire departments with the new radio equipment required by the FCC. Madison County would pay for about $243 thousand of that, the rest would come from taxes.
Commissioners said next they want to seek funding for the Sheriff's Department to upgrade their radios as well.
Madison County Sheriff Blake Dorning said the department is looking into a leasing option to get the new equipment right now.
"The reason I'm doing a lease agreement is because I've got to have them. Our communication system is a failure. I've got deputies we lose contact with that are on dangerous calls. Got deputies running 100 miles per hour to back them up, can't communicate with them. That's with our current system," said Dorning.
A second appropriation of funding is expected to complete the radio purchase for the volunteer fire departments in Madison County.