Broome County Awarded Wireless E-911 System Funding

Grant will upgrade technology for life-saving system

BINGHAMTON – Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) announced today that Broome County will receive $278,253 for wireless E-911 system upgrades. The grant submitted by the Broome County Office of Emergency Services was approved by the New York State 911 Board and has been forwarded to the Dormitory Authority for review to ensure eligibility.

"With up to half of 911 calls coming from cell phones, it’s critically important that 911 dispatch centers can trace the location of wireless callers," Lupardo said. "This grant will help bring New York up to speed and incorporate technology that has already helped save lives in other states."

Emergency dispatchers are currently unable to trace wireless 911 calls to the location of the caller, sometimes leading to tragedy. Under the program, the state funding will be provided to local public safety answering points (PSAPs), sites designated and operated by local governments to receive wireless 911 calls, so they can finally upgrade their technology.

"When there’s an emergency, every second counts," Lupardo said. "This technology will help responders reach victims swiftly – helping to thwart potential tragedy."