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March 25, 2004      

County Applies for State Grant for Emergency Wireless Capabilities

Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus called for a Special Meeting of the County Legislature today to pass a resolution to enable Dutchess County to apply for state funding to achieve an Expedited Deployment Plan. The plan will increase Dutchess County’s wireless/cellular locator capability in the case of an emergency, disaster or homeland security event.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “This funding will benefit the county’s efforts to identify the geographic location of 911 calls from cellular users, and will complete my initiative to receive and respond to all 911 cellular calls. It will also enhance emergency efforts already under way in Dutchess; such as a much needed 2nd police frequency and the deployment of an Automatic Vehicle Locator System, which allow the county to dispatch the closest available police unit to an incident.”

The anticipated action today by the County Legislature supports the application to the New York State Department of State to enhance wireless E-9-1-1 capabilities. If enacted it guarantees the county will be responsible for contributing up to 10 percent of the cost of any and all items funded by the Expedited Deployment Plan Funding. The total maximum amount of funds being requested for Dutchess County is $1 million. The grant will cover costs for equipment related to the provision of enhanced wireless services, including computers, software and connection equipment.

"I look forward to bringing this Resolution before the Legislature this afternoon. This is another important step in working jointly with the County Executive and the Legislature in implementing and next phase of Enhanced 911 with advanced technical features which will allow us to provide the best possible services to our community,” said Dutchess County Emergency Response Coordinator, DeWitt Sagendorph.

The Board Meeting will take place at 4:00 PM in the Chambers of the Dutchess County Legislature, 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie.


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