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Erie County Council Talks Ways To Improve 911 Center Operations

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Improving Erie county's 911 system has been an ongoing goal of county leaders.
Tuesday, county council learned more on how they can go about doing it.

Council met Tuesday afternoon for a special meeting about improvements to Erie county's 911 system.
There have been dispatching issues over the years, and leaders are constantly looking at ways to improve the center.

Tuesday, they talked about releasing $65,000 dollars, for a study to analyze the technologies being used at the 911 center, and what needs to be done to make them better.

"Technology has changed, it changes almost daily and in this period of time a lot of technology changes have happened and getting our arms around hat should get a better product, a better call system, and a better connectivity with both fire and police in Erie county," said council member Joe Giles.

They also talked about joining what's called the Northern Tier Telecommunications Project, a phone system which would link Erie county with 9 other counties in Northwest Pa, so multiple agencies would be able to communicate as one.

"I think we'll move forward with both because we need to both improve what we're doing at 911 and we need to do it in a spirit of cooperation with our region and other counties in our area," said Giles.

Those at the 911 center say joining the Regional Tier System would save the county $400,000  dollars a year.

They've already secured $21,000 in federal funding for the study of their technology.

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