The acceptance of a grant by the Cochise County Board of Supervisors will allow a local fire district to purchase modern, life-saving equipment.

Acting as a pass-through agency, the County will receive $126,789.99 from the Ak-Chin Indian Community, which it will in turn forward to the Sunsites-Pearce Fire District.

Chief Joshua Steinberg said the money will be used to buy three, state-of-the-art Tempus Pro cardiac monitors to replace current, outdated machines.

The fire district participates in a mutual aid agreement and assists other agencies within Cochise County, so residents across the region will benefit from the purchase, said Chief Steinberg.

The Board agreed to accept the grant at its regular meeting on November 5.

In other business, the Supervisors also approved an Intergovernmental Agreement between the County and the City of Sierra Vista for the installation, maintenance and continued use of a simulcast repeater on the West End Radio Communications Tower.

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office was able to upgrade radio equipment following the award in April of a $617,000 grant through Operation Stone Garden, improving communication capabilities for both Sierra Vista Police Department, Sheriff’s deputies and other public safety responders.

“I’m glad we have this,” Supervisor Ann English told CCSO Commander Tom Alinen after he presented the item. “Thank you for looking to ensure we have the best communications around.”

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