Milpitas City Council voted unanimously on consent April 15 on two related items to purchase nearly $184,000 in new equipment for Milpitas Fire Department including handheld mobile radios, fire hoses and attendant apparatus to largely be paid through federal grants.
Under one vote that seeks 22 Motorola handheld radios to be used in Milpitas fire trucks and out in the field, the council approved acceptance of an Assistance to Firefighters Grant — available to applying fire departments within Santa Clara County — totaling $122,352. Of that amount, $97,882 is part of a purchase pending grant approval of federal dollars and $24,470 is the local cost match — a 80 percent/20 percent split.
The technology of the current mobile radios is antiquated and has reached the end of its useful, expected life, city reports state. The acquisition and installation of the mobile apparatus radios “will significantly enhance the fire department’s ability to communicate with mutual aid resources in addition to allowing for future expansion of the Santa Clara County Communications Network,” reports state.
Funds to pay for the city’s portion of the new radios are available in the fire department’s current operating budget, as well as an additional $6,572 for installation and programming costs, city reports state.
Similarly, the council voted to authorize the purchase of fire hoses, nozzles and fittings in the total amount of $61,534.60 from Oakland-based fire equipment supplier L.N. Curtis and Sons, subject to receiving Federal Emergency Management Agency grant funding in the amount of $49,227.68.
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