The Town of Milton is finishing up the completion of a new town wide radio communication system. The Fire Department applied for a New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management Grant in the spring of 2013. By mid summer the town was notified they would be awarded the grant money. Over the next few months quotes were received and the project began to take shape. The purpose of the grant was to increase interoperable communications between Milton Fire and EMS, Milton Police, Milton Emergency Management, and the Public Works Department. The grant help the town purchase a radio frequency with a new digital repeater system. The second part of the grant was to purchase and install nine new mobile radios at the highway barn and in the town's plow trucks.
The new radio frequency willallow the town's department's to communicate with each other with out interfering with their regional dispatch frequencies they use for emergencies. The highway department will also utilize the frequency to assist in winter storm efficiency and planning, something previously done via cellular phone. The project is being finalized just in time for the winter weather to set in. This new radio system will be crucial during major incidents that stretch on for days and involve cooperation between all of Milton's emergency responders.