St. Lawrence County getting $800k for emergency comms, links with other agencies
CANTON -- St. Lawrence County will receive $811,132 in state funding to improve emergency communications across the state and improve coordination among counties and state and federal agencies.
The 2018-2019 Public Safety Answering grant funds will allow municipalities in 57 counties and New York City to make improvements to their 911 response and emergency service dispatch operations. The annual PSAPs grant allows for state reimbursement to counties for eligible public safety call-taking and dispatching expensesStatewide, awards amount to $10 million across 57 counties.
The 2018 Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program supports nine Regional Communications Consortiums that focus on improving critical emergency communications across the state, as well as coordination between counties, state and federal agencies.
The State Interoperable Communications Grant, administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, has awarded more than $450 million in seven rounds to 57 counties and New York City since 2010.
Eligible counties can use this funding for a variety of functions, including expanding radio coverage by installing new equipment at towers and antenna sites, implementing Next Generation 911 technologies and standards, setting up communication channels among public safety radio systems, consolidating emergency services dispatch centers, supporting the operations of public safety dispatch centers, and deploying new technology that help counties link their systems together.
This funding will also support training and exercises to promote efficient inter-regional communications, cooperation, and overall first responder readiness.