Baltimore County first responders have received a financial boost from Baltimore Gas and Electric Company through a grant given to the Baltimore County Police Foundation.
The BGE Grant of $10,000, available through the BGE 2013 Emergency Responder Safety Grant Program, provides a broadband satellite system for the Baltimore County Police Department’s Mobile Unified Command Vehicle – a mobile command post for the County’s emergency operation’s team.
The broadband satellite system makes it possible for the Baltimore County Police Department’s Mobile Unified Command Vehicle to keep in touch with officers and other responders during natural and manmade disasters. History has shown that land-based systems can fail during emergencies when communication between agencies and the public is vital. It is not uncommon for cell and radio towers to go down when hit by a storm. When an emergency strikes, mobile and land-based phone communication networks can be overwhelmed and prove useless.
No Land Lines Needed
The new dedicated bandwidth system satellite does not depend upon terrestrial communications systems to keep communications flowing. Housed within the vehicle, the system provides resiliency and redundancy, ensuring that first responders can communicate during emergencies.
Uninterrupted communication is vital during emergencies. This satellite system provides safety for those who work and live in the County.
Ready To Go
The system was installed in the Baltimore County Police Department’s Command Vehicle in May and is fully functional.
The $17,500 cost of the system is shared by BGE, $10,000, and Baltimore County, $7,500.