Monroe County Fire wire, a unit of the Monroe County Emergency Services Agency, provides a number of critical services to the community. We offer dispatch and fire reporting to the local, state, and federal agencies in Monroe County.
MCES recently honored two long-time volunteers during a ceremony at the Culloden schoolhouse. Bennett and Norris received awards for their years of meritorious service to both MCES and the Culloden Fire Department.
The Monroe County Fire wire Bureau takes a number of measures to ensure that the community is protected from potential fires. These include the ISO rating for all Monroe County fire stations and the operation of a Fire Investigation Unit that combines personnel from the Fire Bureau and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to determine the origin and cause of any fires within Monroe County.
The Fire Bureau also oversees the delivery of firefighter training for Monroe County and State, manages a County-wide Hazardous Materials Response Team and Special Operations Unit, and assists with incident coordination at large scale events. These critical initiatives require a lot of time, planning, and dedication from the Fire Bureau. Fortunately, this commitment is shared by the entire community of fire fighters in Monroe County. The Fire Bureau is proud of the teamwork that they bring to every incident they respond to. It is through this collaboration that the community benefits from the safest, most efficient, and effective emergency response possible.
The Monroe county fire wire has taken several communication measures to improve the way it handles emergencies. For instance, it has installed three radio towers that will improve indoor coverage, and it agreed to buy new radios for ambulances that cost about $750,000. But a number of fire districts still have questions about the system, including whether it can work properly inside buildings where losing contact could put fire fighters in harm’s way.
And while last week’s agreement with 17 EMS agencies to use the new radio system was an important milestone, it won’t necessarily make the project complete. Among the reasons is that the deal was struck through a local development corporation that has come under fire for allegedly rigging contracts. Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks is leaving office in January, and her successor, Cheryl Dinolfo, has pledged to do away with LDCs by the end of her first year in office. But it’s unclear how that will work with the county’s existing radio contract with Harris Corp.
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