For immediate release: November 19, 2010
Contact: Robert Feeley, (208) 422-3033
Idaho Emergency Communications Commission awards almost $1.7 million in Grants for improvements to the Idaho 9-1-1 System
The Idaho Emergency Communications Commission (IECC) announced grant awards today for Enhanced 9-1-1 services to 14 local recipients, totaling $1,671,305.56. The recipients are Adams, Bear Lake, Benewah, Boise, Bonner, Boundary, Butte, Camas, Clark, Lewis, Owyhee, Teton and Valley counties, as well as the South Idaho Regional Communications Center in Jerome, serving Jerome, Gooding, Lincoln and Twin Falls counties.
The funding will help ensure that all 44 Idaho counties will have Enhanced 9-1-1 (E9-1-1) capabilities by the end of 2011. E9-1-1 is the ability of an emergency dispatch center to obtain a caller’s number and address when 9-1-1 is dialed from a landline telephone.
The grant funding comes from a 25-cents-per-month fee charged on all telephone numbers in 36 participating counties. The counties not participating in the program have established Enhanced 9-1-1 capability. The fund is overseen by the IECC, which includes representatives of police chiefs, fire chiefs, emergency medical services personnel, landline telephone and wireless phone service providers and members of the public appointed by the Governor. It is charged with overseeing local 9-1-1 telephone systems throughout Idaho.
Consolidated emergency communications system centers, commonly known as dispatch centers or Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP), receive emergency calls from the public via 9-1-1 or a local seven-digit phone number. All vital public safety agencies are dispatched out of the PSAPs, whether the calls are for law enforcement, fire or emergency medical services.
The next phase of IECC grants will cover the cost of ensuring that all PSAPs can receive information from callers using a wireless or cellular telephone. An estimated 35 counties in Idaho should be served by PSAPs with those capabilities by end of 2011, and the rest should be funded in 2012.
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Note to reporters: The mission of the Idaho Emergency Communications Commission: Enhancing Idaho’s public health, safety, and welfare by assisting emergency communications and response professionals in the establishment, management, operations, and accountability of consolidated emergency communications systems. The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security is the state agency that provides administrative support to the Idaho Emergency Communications Commission.
The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security is the State of Idaho’s emergency management agency. Please note that Idaho BHS is an Idaho-specific agency, and it is not the same thing as the federal Department of Homeland Security. Within the State of Idaho organizational chart, Idaho BHS is aligned under the State of Idaho Military Division.