Office of Homeland Security
GOVERNOR FLETCHER ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO IMPROVE 911 SERVICES ACROSS KENTUCKY

Press Release Date:  Monday, January 22, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jason Keller
502-564-2081
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. - Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the recipients of the first round of the 2007 911 Improvement Grants; awards designed to enhance services at Kentucky’s struggling 911 centers. The awards were provided to 8 local communities to upgrade 911 services from “Basic 911” to “Enhanced 911 (E911)” and to assist existing E911 centers with the replacement and/or maintenance of equipment in need of immediate replacement. E911 improves the effectiveness and reliability of landline and wireless 911 services by providing 911 dispatchers with additional information on 911 calls. 

“These awards represent an investment in the safety of our Commonwealth’s communities and families,” said Governor Fletcher. “It is essential that we have a top rate 911 system here in Kentucky and address the areas of the state that do not currently have access to Enhanced 911. These 911 Improvement Grants are working to tackle this problem by focusing on the communities with the greatest need for upgraded 911 services.”  

The following communities are the recipients of 911 Improvement Grant funding: 

  •       Martin County Fiscal Court - $199,142
  •       Edmonson County Fiscal Court - $130,000
  •       Magoffin County Fiscal Court - $19,500
  •       Kentucky River Area Development District - $284,280
  •       Bell County Fiscal Court - $37,461
  •       Carlisle County Fiscal Court - $179,969
  •       Clay County Fiscal Court - $69,263
  •       Ashland/Boyd County Regional Public Safety Communications Center -
          $23,767 

The 2006 Kentucky General Assembly passed H.B. 656, later signed into law by Governor Fletcher, creating a grant fund designed to facilitate needed upgrades to 911 systems across the state and to support improvement of the 911 infrastructure supported by Commercial Mobile Radio Service wireless carriers throughout Kentucky. 

Between October 26, 2006 and December 15, 2006, 59 grant applications were submitted to the state Office of the 911 Coordinator, an agency of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, requesting more than $7.8 million in funding. Beginning on January 3, 2007, independent technical review teams, consisting of subject matter experts with varied experience and skills, reviewed each application. The review panels included, current and retired 911 professionals including members of the Kentucky Emergency Number Association and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, wireless and wireline service providers, First Responders representing police, fire, EMS, and public safety communications, the state’s Area Development Districts, and representatives from cities and counties. The panel ended their review on January 4, 2007.  

The review teams scored each application based on the merits and effectiveness of the described project. The teams then assigned a score to each application.  

On January 16, 2007, the Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) Board, the body charged with administrating the CMRS fund for the purpose of implementing wireless emergency 911 service throughout Kentucky in accordance with State and Federal Legislation and Regulation, approved the grant policy by which funding was distributed to local agencies. The policy states that all applications with scores above average in the category of “Counties with Basic 911 systems that require system upgrades to become enhanced 911” would receive 100% of their requested funding. The policy also provides for the remaining amount of funding in the CMRS grant fund to be distributed to the top scoring application in the category of “Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP’s) or carriers with E911 systems that require immediate system replacement to maintain enhanced 911 status or when the expected life of the system is less than one year.”  

A second round of 911 Improvement Grants will be released later this year. A call for applications will be made at that time.  

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