$15 Million Going to Support Kentucky's First Responders

WASHINGTON, DC.- U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) announced today that $15 million in federal funding has been allocated to the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to further develop interoperable communications among law enforcement, fire department and emergency management personnel.

"Achieving voice and data interoperability is absolutely critical to waging
an effective response to a terrorist or natural disaster," said Rogers.
"There are significant technological obstacles, so it will take targeted
investments in communication equipment, infrastructure and information
technology throughout the Commonwealth to make it happen."

The 9/11 commission identified interoperability as a major challenge, and
the U.S. Congress authorized a targeted initiative to dedicate the federal
government's resources towards this effort.

Jointly administered by the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and
Commerce, the Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Program assists public safety agencies in the acquisition, deployment, and training of interoperable communications systems. Homeland Security and Commerce are working on advancing interoperable communications throughout the nation on two fronts. Commerce is working to free up additional frequency and Homeland Security is working on targeting investments towards this specific goal in the nation's preparedness.

First responders from different jurisdictions and agencies use disparate
communication technologies that impede critical communication among fire fighters, police, and other emergency personnel during a disaster. Such differences can impede the critical work of the nation's first responders.

As a senior member of the House Appropriations Homeland Security
Subcommittee, Rogers works to increase the nation's preparedness and fund important projects in Kentucky's fifth district.

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