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January 2, 2016

Cortland receives $150K for emergency services

By BRITTANY PERRY
Staff Reporter
bperry@cortlandstandardnews.net

Cortland County was awarded $151,001 this week by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services for improvements in 911 responses and emergency dispatching.
The grant was given as a part of the Public Safety Answering Points operations grants in which the state gave $10 million to the 57 counties and city of New York to be divided up to use for emergency services improvements.
The Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant was initiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014. The grant not only aims to help county operators offset their day-to-day expenses, but it can also foster upgrades in call-taking and dispatching technology and investing in new services such as text messaging, data communication and improved geo-location for emergency response.
Funding is noncompetitive and formula-based — the awards are distributed among participating counties based on statistics reflective of a county’s operational scope, demographic factors and emergency services call data.
The annual grant allows for state reimbursement to counties for public safety call-taking and dispatching expenses.
“It is important that all New Yorkers can get the help they need quickly and easily in any type of emergency situation,” Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner John P. Melville said in a news release. “These grants will help counties invest in their emergency communications infrastructure and give local residents quality service and peace of mind that help will come quickly when they need it.”
Representatives from the Cortland County Department of Emergency Response & Communications were unavailable for comment by press time.

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