From the Bangor Daily News: The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has received nearly $4 million the Department of Homeland Security, which will be used to further enhance communication as part of its effort to protect the state’s borders.

The funding is being distributed under the umbrella of the Border Interoperability Demonstration Program, which is designed to identify innovative and effective solutions to enhance emergency communications along and across northern and southern U.S. borders.

MEMA will use the award to buy six new radio towers that will expand coverage to more rural areas and fill in communications blind spots. The agency also will purchase more than 300 new mobile radios for first responders to use with the new towers. Some funds also will be used for emergency communications planning and exercises.