Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


March 5, 2014

Fire Department to get better hand-held radios, police department to get new SUV

GREENSBURG – The Greensburg Fire Department will purchase handheld radios for local firefighters to better allow them to communicate with other agencies in the county and elsewhere in the state.

The Board of Works approved a request Monday by Greensburg Fire Chief Scott Chasteen to acquire seven refurbished radios for a total of $7,800.

Chasteen said the Department has upgraded some of its equipment, including radios in vehicles, but that the firefighters’ handheld radios still work on an older radio frequency that most other law enforcement agencies and emergency responders do not use anymore.

“We can’t really talk to each other,” he said.

While the local firefighters can communicate properly with other agencies from the station and their vehicles, sometimes they need to be able to talk to them on the scene as well, Chasteen said.

If purchased new, the radios would cost about $5,000 a piece, Chasteen said, but the refurbished ones, at $800 a piece, should work fine.

The BoW approved the purchase of the refurbished radios, to be paid out of the Fire Department budget.

The BoW also approved a request by Greensburg Police Chief Stacey Chasteen to purchase a new vehicle to replace a squad car that was damaged in a recent accident.

On Feb. 14, Greensburg Police Captain Fred Huser was northbound in his patrol car on Highway 421N with his lights and sirens activated, approaching the intersection at State Road 3, when he collided with a westbound vehicle. Huser was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The squad car, a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, was totaled.

Chasteen said she had received numerous quotes ranging from about $23,000 to nearly $30,000 for vehicles including a rear-wheel drive Dodge Charger and an all-wheel drive Dodge Durango. She said she would prefer that the BoW approve the purchase of a more expensive SUV, because the all-wheel drive will fare much better in the inclement weather the county has experienced the last couple of months.

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