MAYVILLE – Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties will each receive over $160,000 in funding to help support local emergency response operations.
The money is made available through the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
Chautauqua county was granted $165,857 from the program while Cattaraugus county received $180,381.
The grant will reimburse public safety facilities that receive incoming calls for help and initiate dispatching of emergency services.
Aid will not only help county operators offset their day-to-day expenses, but it can also foster upgrades in call-taking and dispatching technology and investing in new services such as text-to-911 messaging, data communication and improved geo-location for emergency response.
These awards were part of a $10 million program from New York State to make improvements to their 911 response and emergency service dispatch operations. All counties and New York City chose to participate in the program this year.