Weston Lakes Receives Three Donated Police Radios

28 01 2011

As reported in FortBendNow.com on January 26, 2011:

Weston Lakes’ emergency operations volunteers now have three new police-band radios thanks to a donation to the city from the 100 Club.  100 Club Executive Director Rick Hartley officially presented the radios to Weston Lakes City Marshal Ron Horowitz during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Hartley said while most people identify the 100 Club with its efforts to assist the families of fallen police officers and firefighters, the organization is also dedicated to providing lifesaving equipment to emergency responders.

“We’re really honored to present these radios because it fits into what we’re all about,” Hartley told the council. “We try to be proactive in saving lives, not only assisting survivors of the fallen.”

Hartley noted the nonprofit had given some $11 million in protective and lifesaving equipment to emergency responders. The focus of the equipment donations is to agencies like Weston Lakes that have equipment needs but lack the funding to pay for those needs.

“We’re glad to do it; we know it will be well used,” Hartley said. “When Ron (Horowitz) called, it was a natural for what we do.

Hartley also took time to praise Horowitz, who also serves as Weston Lakes’ assistant emergency management coordinator.

“I’ve known the marshal for a long time; he’s a good man,” Hartley said.  Horowitz said the three radios – two portables and one base station – will be used as part of the city’s emergency operations center to provide communication during natural or man-made disasters.

Later in the council meeting, Mayor Pro-Tem Clifton Aldrich announced the city would hold an open house for its emergency operations center, which is housed in the Weston Lakes Country Club, on March 19. The public will be invited to join local elected officials and learn more about the city’s preparedness systems.

“We will have our EOC set up and have all the equipment there,” Aldrich said. “We are inviting everyone to come out, stay as long as they’d like and chat about our emergency management capabilities.”  Hours for the open house will be 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

When operational, the EOC will house three radio base stations – one for ham radio operators, a short-range radio system for local CERT teams and the newly-donated public safety radios. The center also includes cmputers, projectors and equipment to be used to coordinate operations during an emergency situation.

An emergency power generator is scheduled to be installed prior to the open house.  The equipment has been secured through grants or donations, such as the one from the 100 Club.  Aldrich also noted all emergency operations personnel are volunteers. There are currently more than 45 trained emergency volunteers in Weston Lakes.

(Photo: Weston Lakes City Marshal Ron Horowitz, left, accepts the donation of three police radios from 100 Club Executive Director Rick Hartley. The radio, two portables and a base station, will be used for the city’s emergency management operations.)



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