Cinnaminson Fire Department Receives Federal Grant
On March 21, 2013, the Cinnaminson Fire Department was recently selected to receive a $152,000 competitive Federal Grant to fund the purchase of new radio communication equipment.
This grant, which requires a 5% match of $8,000 for a total of $160,000 will be used to purchase portable radios that are capable of being utilized in Burlington County as well as Camden County. Because Cinnaminson, Palmyra and Riverton fire departments along with the Palmyra, Riverton Cinnaminson Emergency Medical Services work with Pennsauken and other Camden County fire and EMS agencies it is vitally important that we all be capable of communicating with each other on the emergency scene.
Twenty portable radios along with spare batteries, charging units, and other components will be purchased and distributed to all of the Tri-Boro fire and EMS agencies. Each radio and accessories is anticipated to cost between $7,000 and $8,000. Without this grant the Tri-Boro agencies would have had to rely on a “patch” between Burlington and Camden County Communications systems whenever responding together. While it does work it often does not work as well as having radios that transmit and receive on the same frequencies.
This is the second year in a row that the department has received a Federal Grant. Last year the department was awarded $206,000 to replace all of the department’s self-contained breathing apparatus.