|(Picture: Mitch Smith from MPS Consulting discusses the new 911 emergency communications system with the Potter County Commissioners. Reporter Halie Kines from the Potter Leader-Enterprise is shown at right).|
“Speed of response can be a life-or-death situation,” Smith explained. “The new system will be able to reach some sections of the county that have been underserved. It will also bring you new technology to replace equipment that has become obsolete.” Smith said he is working closely with Glenn Dunn, the county’s emergency management coordinator, and the two have reached out to emergency responders across Potter County to seek input on their communications needs and respond to concerns.
A $580,000 state grant has been obtained and the commissioners have arranged for a long-term loan to help cover the remaining costs. Potter’s County’s current system was installed in 2002. Comparable systems typically have had a 10- to 12-year lifespan. Smith said the upgraded system would have a life expectancy of approximately 15 years. Dispatching will continue to be provided from the Tioga County 911 Center, although the equipment is also compatible with other dispatch centers.
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