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New Radio Systems Mandated for Galloway Emergency Management Services

Police Chief Pat Moran said he will find the best possible service for the best possible price, but Township Manager Arch Liston warned the cost may come close to $1 million.

The radio system for Galloway Township Emergency Management needs an upgrade, and the costs could come close to $1 million, according to Township Manager Arch Liston.

“Our current system is at the end of its life,” Galloway Police Chief Pat Moran told council at its meeting on Sept. 11. “We need to move on. There is no choice.”

The current system was installed in 2002-03. Galloway, Egg Harbor Township and Brigantine all entered into the system at the same time. The system is expected to last 10 years, and an upgrade is mandatory by 2014, according to Moran.  

The equipment is beyond its service life, but “through an active maintenance plan,” the three municipalities have been able to continue using the equipment, according to the project summary issued to the municipalities by the county and obtained by Galloway Patch.

The three municipalities are paying for the current equipment over a period of 13 years, meaning they will be done paying for it by 2015, one year after the new P25 (Project 25) Phase II technology needs to be installed.

All three municipalities are part of a package deal, but Moran is looking for any other avenues the department might pursue. He wants to make sure the department can get the best deal for the benefit of the township.

“We’ve been talking about this over the last year,” Moran said. “I’ve gave my opinion (when talks first started) and it hasn’t changed. We’re looking to get the best price for the best quality.”

The technology is being adapted on a state and federal level, according to the project summary. Cape May County is also adapting the system, according to the summary.

The upgrade will also provide a way for integration and interoperability to muncipalities and agencies not using the P25 systemtn, including Atlantic City Police and Fire departments. Currently, the county must use a “switch” device to communicate with Atlantic City Police and Fire on a daily basis, according to the project summary.

At the meeting, Councilman John Mooney suggested having more users on a system may not necessarily make that system more efficient. Mooney was an Atlantic City cop for 35 years.

The issue was also brought up just after 90 percent of the township employees received notifications of possible layoffs.

“We have to have communications systems for Homeland Security,” Mayor Don Purdy said.

“This comes at the worst possible time, but it’s being mandated,” Moran said.

Jim McElwee September 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Why would you enter into a payment plan for 13 years on a product with a service life of 10 yrs? The township has streched its' use for 2 additional years but that still leaves an overlap. Now you are forced to buy a new system while still paying for the old one? Galloway has to change this habit of "kicking the can down the road". At some point you have to make decisions that will pull you out of this spiral in the future. I am sure Chief Moran is looking into all possibilitys. I would see if there is Grant money from Homeland Security that could pay part of the exspense?
Shawn G September 23, 2012 at 02:44 PM
NYPD has stopped 14 terrorist attacks since 9/11. I think we should support anti terrorism efforts 100%. I had a cousin and friend in those buildings and believe me the threat is real. People want to kill us because we are Americans its not "fake"!
tintonfallsretiree September 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Dan, What on earth just occured in Libya? A TERRRORIST ATTACK!!! You are completely out of touch with reality by saying terrorism is a fake fear. I take great offense to your comment as I lost a family member on 9-11. As Shawn G. mentioned New York has stopped numerous attempts over the past 11 years. On top of that, numerous areas across our country and around the world have stopped countless. You clearly aren't paying attention to the news when this is all anounced. Are you going to say that Osama Bin Laden isn't dead next? I cant wait to see.
Ron Schreiber September 23, 2012 at 07:20 PM
lay off some more "Employees' for the $1,000,000,
tirepatch September 23, 2012 at 09:42 PM
i sure do agree with jim mcelwee, we dont, or shouldnt run our homes like that and neither should the govermentlocal or national
Diogenes September 24, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Let's be realistic. Terrorists attacking Galloway Township? Perhaps we could use the leftover GSP fencing to surround the township.
tintonfallsretiree September 24, 2012 at 05:50 PM
You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. If we are funding Al-Qaeda, then why the hell are we in Afghanistan!? Your statements are extremely contradictory to reality. You seem to be reading tabloids on the internet which are always 100% false. You really truly need to stop and look at what you are saying.
tintonfallsretiree September 25, 2012 at 12:24 AM
You seriously need to see a doctor. You are literally spitting in the face of every single troop who has set afoot in that country. The taliban are the ones who grow the poppy to fuel and finance their insurgency. They want the opium. The Americans and the rest of ISAF (NATO) use hellfire missiles from helicopters and drop them onto the fields and let them burn. But you dont know that because you are nothing but a despicable person. Like I said get some help and show some respect.

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