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Erie County Rolls Out Regional 9-1-1 Network

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If you need to call Erie County 9-1-1, someone from Jefferson County may answer your call, and you won't even know it. That's because Erie County has joined Pennsylvania's Northern Tier Regional telecommunications project made up of nine other counties.

The ten county systems are linked by a sophisticated fiber optic network. When the Erie call center has a high volume of calls coming in, other counties  can pick up...and follow the same protocols to send help.

Deciding to regionalize already means a big savings for taxpayers. Public Safety Director John Grappy said, "Based on that decision, Erie has already saved $358,000 in capital equipment we didn't have to buy plus $111,000 in maintenance costs and we'll save another $53,000 per year each year.

County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper said she sees two pluses to the switch.  "Certainly it's saving a lot of taxpayer dollars by converting and more importantly, the collaboration is going to allow us to better serve residents and visitors to Erie County," said Dahlkemper.

 The switch  took place Wednesday June 25. The new 10 county platform sets the stage for geo-spatial mapping, and sharing sophisticated recording equipment for call logging in the future.

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