FLINT TWP. — Mundy Township’s new Police Chief Dan Atkinson received a special recognition from the Carman- Ainsworth School Board at its meeting last week.
Atkinson was accompanied by Mundy Twp. Officer Randy Gage, school resource officer at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School, who was cited for a communications upgrade at the middle school that will increase the effectiveness of radio frequencies for first responders during emergencies.
At no cost to the school district, Mundy Township Police secured a grant to buy and install a Bi-directional Amplifier and Antenna for the middle school, said Gage.
The middle school is located on Maple Road in Mundy Township.
Mundy Township will be reimbursed for the cost of the system by a Homeland Security Grant through the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.
The equipment enhances the transmission and reception of all 800 MHZ walkie-talkies that are used by First Responders including police, fire and EMS,
Signal strength of walkie-talkies is weakened by buildings constructed with steel beams and that have fluorescent lights and computers, Gage said. That can prohibit clear communication in an emergency situation.
Gage said he first learned about the grant program in January.
C-A Superintendent Steve Tunnicliff expressed appreciation to Chief Atkinson and Supervisor David Guigear for sharing the cost of the School Resource Officer (Officer Gage) during difficult financial times and for their support in providing additional police coverage at C-A football games as it progressed to the playoffs.
Tunnicliff also praised Officer Gage for procuring the grant and for his efforts in school safety training and commitment to C-A students and staff.