June 22, 2018
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Maine emergency chief testifies in Washington

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency is telling a U.S. Senate Committee that emergency communications in the state have improved since 2007, thanks in large part to federal funding.

Robert McAleer is testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. His testimony Wednesday lists improvements such as acquisition of a large number of modern radios for first responders.

But McAleer also says Maine’s border with Canada has presented a unique challenge, which is met by conducting a series of cross-border communications working sessions with local, state and federal partners on both sides of the border.

The Senate committee is holding a hearing examining progress made since Sept. 11, 2001 in improving communications between first responders.

The committee’s ranking member is Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins.

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