Coconino County crews to get communication tools

SEDONA, AZ - A relief fund established after a northern Arizona wildfire will pay for communication devices to assist emergency responders.

The Arizona Community Foundation said Wednesday it will award an $11,500 grant to the Coconino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team.

The money will go toward purchasing satellite communicators that will allow faster exchanges of information between responders and other personnel.

The communicators will allow responders to trade text messages with a command group, monitor responders' locations and receive alerts in emergency situations.

Officials say the devices will be deployed as personnel go into areas at risk for flash floods and rock slides.

The fund is mostly made up of donations in the wake of the Slide Fire that burned 31 square miles around Oak Creek Canyon in May.

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