The East Quogue Fire District will hold a public meeting tonight, Thursday, July 22, to gather input on their plan to install a radio communications antenna on a 100-foot-tall pole behind the Montauk Highway firehouse.
Commissioner Allyn Jackson, who is coordinating the project, has explained that the district also plans to replace its old siren and upgrade some of its radio equipment. In total, the project is expected to cost $185,000, which will come from the district’s reserve fund, Mr. Jackson said.
The meeting will take place at the firehouse and begin at 7 p.m.
East Quogue volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders have said the district has several “dead zones,” where radio communications are lost, making it difficult for them to carry out their job of protecting the public. Consultants advised fire officials that based on local topography, raising the antenna would address the problem. The commissioners conducted a test using the aerial truck and determined that it would need to be placed at a minimum of 100 feet to be successful.
The plans call for a solid steel pole with straight antennas placed directly behind the firehouse. A new electronic siren will also be placed on the pole at a height that will allow the sound to travel farther and with less disruption to neighbors.
Comments can also be sent to East Quogue Fire District Secretary Lorraine Gregory via email at email@example.com.