Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher Presents $35,530 Check to Calloway County for First Responders' Communications Equipment

Press Release Date:  Saturday, February 04, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body
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Jason Keller
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Calloway County/Murray also recognized for their achievements in improving public safety

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today presented a $35,530 homeland security check to Calloway County to fund communications equipment that will support the county’s first responders. The Governor also honored Murray and Calloway County for the advances they have made in improving safety and homeland security by naming them “Prepared Kentucky Communities.”

“Ensuring that our commonwealth’s first responders can communicate effectively is a critical concern that we are addressing throughout Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher. “As many Kentuckians understand, whenever we cannot get cell phone coverage in an area, it is a real inconvenience. But, whenever our first responders cannot get radio communications, it can have very serious consequences. This funding to Calloway County will help fix this problem and ensure a greater level of public safety for this community.”

The homeland security check presented today will enable the county to purchase a communications voting system which will improve signal coverage when the county’s first responders are on the fringe of the coverage area. This system will be installed throughout the county on existing towers currently being used by the fire department and will provide the sheriff’s office with greater connectivity when traveling in the more rural areas of Calloway County.

"I'm delighted to have the Governor and our General Assembly be a part of making the work of our first responders more effective and responsive,” said Sen. Ken Winters (R-Murray).

"Local funds for our city and county police, fire and emergency personnel are always in short supply and this is one more opportunity to enhance their communication capabilities,” said Rep. Melvin Henley (R-Murray). “These homeland security funds provide us with a great opportunity to provide our first responders the additional technology to ensure they have what they need to do their jobs. We have learned the hard way, since September 11, how crucial communications is when the difference between life and death is a split second.”

The Governor also named the City of Murray and Calloway County as “Prepared Kentucky Communities;” the result of a five-day vulnerability assessment conducted by security professionals with the Kentucky Community Preparedness Program. Assessors analyzed facilities, structures and security policies and their relationship to each other in order to identify the community’s weaknesses and analyze preparedness levels. The team then presented a report of recommendations for improvements.

“I want to recognize Murray and Calloway County for their commitment to improving security here in this community,” said Governor Fletcher. “Since the assessment team has left, the city and county have made tremendous strides in making the entire area safer.”

Among the advances the community has made since the assessment includes the completion of training by all Murray Police Department officers in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the addition of new policies for mutual aid and unusual occurrences.  The county and university have also reviewed policies and procedures to better prepare them to react to a critical incident.


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The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been charged by Governor Fletcher to lead the Commonwealth's coordination and collaboration efforts with public and private preparedness partners to ensure Kentucky is Ready and Prepared. For more information about homeland security in Kentucky, please visit www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov.