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Adams County Receives Grant to Upgrade 911 Emergency System

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Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin), Sen. Rich Alloway (R-Adams/Franklin/York) and Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams/York) today are being lauded by Adams County Commissioners for their contributions in securing a $3.25 million Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program (RACP) grant to upgrade the county’s outdated 911 emergency communications system.  Last year, the three initiated work to find funding to convert the county system from analog to digital.  The new system will enable emergency personnel to better communicate with each other and their counterparts in neighboring counties.

 

“I believe this is the largest non-transportation grant ever awarded to Adams County and I am happy to be a part of it,” said Moul.  “While this funding was never intended to cover the full cost of the project, it will take a large chunk of the burden off taxpayers.  More importantly, it will significantly improve the safety of Adams County citizens, and you can’t put a price on that.

 

“Counties surrounding Adams, including those in neighboring Maryland, have already converted to a digital communications format, leaving Adams County with an outdated and incompatible system,” said Moul.  “In fact, the system is so antiquated that the county is finding it impossible to find parts to fix or maintain the current system – resorting to online auction sites and other unconventional and unreliable sources.”

 

“The new state-of-the-art system will include towers that will provide coverage countywide, including those hard-to-reach areas where reception is now difficult,” said Alloway.  “I am glad we were able to help in getting our firefighters and EMS personnel the tools they need to protect the public.”

 

“I applaud the Adams County Commissioners for their decision to upgrade the county’s 911 emergency communications system at this time,” said Tallman, a certified emergency medical technician.  “The safety of our citizens is our highest priority.  The new digital system will replace technology that can no longer provide assurance that our citizens will receive the timely assistance they need in emergencies.”

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