Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Presents $455,058 Check to the City of West Liberty to Upgrade 9-1-1 Services

Press Release Date:  Monday, January 23, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
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Jason Keller
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Funding will broaden coverage of E-9-1-1

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today presented a $455,058 homeland security check to the city of West Liberty to purchase equipment that will upgrade the region’s 9-1-1 system. The counties included in the 9-1-1 service area include Morgan, Magoffin and Wolfe Counties.

“When an emergency occurs, 9-1-1 service is the link between first responders and the communities they serve,” said Gov. Ernie Fletcher. “That is why it is critically important that we ensure every Kentuckian has access to the 9-1-1 services they need. This grant will work to ensure that this community and the surrounding counties will have the upgraded 9-1-1 service that will enable them to be ready and prepared for emergencies.”

This funding will be used specifically to upgrade the region’s E-9-1-1 capabilities. E9-1-1 is an enhanced emergency technology that allows the dispatcher to immediately identify the telephone number and location of a cell phone caller.  Such an enhancement is vital in emergencies in which the caller can’t talk or is panicking and can’t get the necessary information to the dispatcher.

“When it comes to providing for overall public safety, there are few better investments than funding communications equipment to help police, firemen, and other first responders,” said Sen. Robert Stivers (R-Manchester). “I commend the Governor’s Office for coming to West Liberty today and showing the Governor’s commitment to rural parts of this state.”

“The counties benefiting from this grant are largely rural, which means response times are greater,” said Rep. John Will Stacy (D-West Liberty). “Having an upgraded communications system to provide quicker response in these areas is crucial. I commend the commitment shown through this grant.”

The current E-9-1-1 service in this area is prone to downtime and Magoffin and Wolfe currently have no E-9-1-1 service.  The upgrades to the system in the City of West Liberty will eliminate the downtime problems and will provide coverage to Magoffin and Wolfe Counties.  

The city of West Liberty is responsible for the management of the grant.

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The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been charged by Governor Fletcher to lead the Commonwealth's coordination and collaboration efforts with public and private preparedness partners to ensure Kentucky is Ready and Prepared. For more information about homeland security in Kentucky, please visit www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov.