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ASPR Grant

February 23, 2017 | Posted by Community Relations

ASPR Grant


Boyd Healthcare Services recently received seven (7) KENWOOD MX-5000 Series Portable Radios for our EMS.  The funds for the radios came from the Hope Coalition Region IV, whom receive funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Organization (ASPR).

Each year since 2007, Boyd Healthcare Services has received a grant from the State of Illinois and the Federal Government to be used for training/equipment/supplies to better prepare for a major disaster.  Such a disaster could stress the hospital, community, region, state or nation.  These funds also help improve continuity of operation capabilities needed to respond and recover from a major disaster. 

The ASPR Grant this year was used to update the EMS radios to better comply with the new 911 system, when it is implemented in Greene County, and to improve communication with local and regional emergency responders.  The KENWOOD MX-5000 Series Portable Radio is a multi-channel digital radio.  Each radio comes with two (2) batteries, an extension mike, charging base and a power cord. 

The Boyd Healthcare Services EMS will gradually replace their old analog radios with the new digital radios, and they hope to receive more to help maintain redundant communication.  EMS Supervisor, Kris Templin, also added “the radios are tough and durable to meet our demanding jobs.  The transceiver has dust and water resistant capabilities outlined in the U.S. Military Standards when submerged in water at a depth of 1 meter for up to two hours”.