Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $9 million in Public Safety Answering Point grants have been awarded to 24 counties — including Oswego County — through the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Interoperability and Emergency Communications.
PSAPs are call centers that are responsible for answering emergency calls and dispatching police, fire or ambulance emergency services to the public.
“These grants provide critical support to local governments to improve, streamline and consolidate emergency communications systems,” Cuomo said. “By taking advantage of these grants, local governments are strengthening their ability to respond more effectively and efficiently to any emergency situation and thus raising the level of their ability to serve and protect the citizens of New York State.”
Oswego County will receive a $836,009 consolidation grant.
“PSAP awardees demonstrated significant needs for improving public safety answering points and saw the fiscal and programmatic value in consolidation,” DHSES Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said. “These grants will help counties improve service through consolidation and collaboration.”
The State Interoperability Grant Program, for the 2012-13 state budget, consisted of two parts. The first, and larger portion, was for $102 million and was awarded in February to 29 counties across the State to help improve the ability of first responders to communicate with each other and promote a network of regional partnerships that will include State agencies.
The PSAP Grant is the second portion of the program and is intended to reimburse counties for costs associated with consolidation and improvements. As a result, $7 million was awarded to applicants for reimbursement of PSAP consolidation, improvements and enhancements, and $2 million was distributed for reimbursement of sustainment and operating expenses in consolidated PSAPs.