Feds to Create Regional Frequency for Emergencies

The federal government is helping the city create a radio frequency to connect emergency responders throughout the region. WNYC's Brian Zumhagen reports.

A $6 million grant from the Department of Justice will help set up a regional command and control frequency for police, fire and emergency officials in the city, as well as in suburban counties in New York and New Jersey.

The UHF frequency will connect the city police and fire departments, the Office of Emergency Management, the MTA police and Port Authority officials.

The September 11th commission described major flaws in the city's emergency response to the attacks on the World Trade Center, including the failure of police and fire officials to communicate effectively.

City officials say they'll make three existing emergency response channels available to other regional agencies during large-scale emergencies.