Randolph County E911 received grant for much needed upgrades

RECEIVED GRANT–Randolph County 911, in conjunction with Washington County 911, recently was awarded a grant to upgrade their equipment. Pictured at last Friday’s Randolph County Board of Commissioners meeting are: Commissioner Marc Kiehna, 911 Administrator Cindy Wagner and Emergency Telephone System Board Chairman Lyn Thies.

Randolph County 911 Administrator Cindy Wagner and Emergency Telephone System Board Chairman Lyn Thies had some exciting news for the Randolph County commissioners at their Oct. 19 board meeting.

Wagner noted that over the past year, they have been working very hard in a joint effort with Washington County 911 to attain a grant for a 911 next generation equipment grant. She was happy to report that the state had approved the grant.

Randolph County 911 is getting a grant in the amount of $119,442.76 for new i-3 capable call handling equipment. This will move both counties from an analog phone system to IP-based, broadband enabled technology.

We appreciate the board’s support and direction in getting this grant,” she said.

Thies added that by teaming up with Washington County for this grant, the two counties can also serve as a back up for each other. “Which will be a huge benefit in a disaster. We didn’t have that previously.”

For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.