ALBANY, N.Y. – Funding has been awarded to 57 counties across the state to enhance emergency communication networks.
The 2019 Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program allocated $45 million to nine Regional Communications Consortiums, which focus on improving emergency communications between counties, state and federal agencies.
Of that funding, Herkimer County will receive $678,591, Oneida County will receive $839,306 and Otsego County will receive $679,156.
"Emergency communication systems are crucial to ensuring the safety of every New Yorker, and we're always looking for the latest technology to transmit information fast in a time of crisis,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "This funding will enhance communication networks across the state and ensure that municipalities have the resources needed to improve emergency systems and operate efficiently."
Each county can submit applications to receive funding for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades. This includes installing new equipment at towerdis and antenna sites, implementing new 911 technologies, setting up communication channels on public safety radio systems, supporting dispatch centers and helping counties link systems together.
This funding also supports training and exercises to promote efficient interregional communications and cooperation among first responders.
The Interoperable Communications Grant awards are below: