Liberty Township Fire Department officials believe some new technology will speed their emergency response times.

Liberty Township Fire Department officials believe some new technology will speed their emergency response times.

The department's new state-of-the-art emergency traffic control system is slated to go live by Dec. 24, fire chief Tim Jensen said at the township trustees meeting on Dec. 20.

The new system will use satellite radio and GPS equipment to give green lights to emergency vehicles as they approach intersections, Jensen has said.

The system can also anticipate the emergency vehicle's direction by "reading" its turn signal, and preparing for the vehicle's arrival at the next intersection.

The Opticom GPS 1000 Series System is funded by a $607,952 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, Jensen said earlier.

The bulk of the grant paid for all but 10 percent of system, and the township's fire fund paid the township's 10 percent match of $51,975, as the grant requires.

The system can shave 1 to 1.5 minutes off response time, Jensen has said.

Response time for emergency vehicles heading north on Liberty Road has also been improved by about one additional minute, Jensen told trustees. That improvement resulted from the recently opened Liberty Road realignment at Home Road.

The federal funds also paid for a health and wellness program for fire department employees including: $54,400 for physical examinations; $96,000 for weight-lifting and cardiovascular equipment; and $4,500 to train three firefighters as certified fitness coordinators for the department.

Trustees also approved:

Stop signs for the Woodland Glen and Dornoch subdivisions. Trustees Mary Carducci and Curt Sybert approved the signs. Trustee Robert Mann was absent from the meeting. Continuing operations for the 2011 calendar year, which basically is a blanket approval of continuing all current employees. Appropriations for 2011. Documents from the meeting show total resources including carry over balances to be $15,561,060 and total expenses to be $11,328,204. Spending $17,429 for 300 tons of road salt. Paying $18,334 to the Delaware County engineer's office for road and sewer repairs. The 2011 calendar for trustees meetings. The meetings are held the first and third Mondays of every month, with some exceptions for Monday holidays.The next meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at the Liberty Township Complex, 7761 Liberty Road.