New Program Will Support County Operations of Public Safety Answering Points
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that a total of $10 million in grants have been awarded to localities across the State to support emergency response operations. Administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, these grants to 57 counties and the City of New York support municipalities that operate 9-1-1 response and emergency service dispatch operations.
“First responders provide a critical service to New Yorkers in every corner of this state, and this funding will help ensure they can respond quickly when an emergency strikes,” Governor Cuomo said. “From extreme weather to roadway accidents and beyond, it is absolutely vital that our emergency personnel receive accurate and timely information when responding to any situation.”
The funding announced today is being administered by DHSES through the Public Safety Awareness Points (PSAP) Operations Grant. PSAPs are public facilities where incoming calls for help are received and the dispatching of emergency services is initiated. Throughout New York State, counties provide the majority of 9-1-1 answering and dispatching operations, and coordinate the services among municipal, county and State responders.
This grant allows for state support to counties for eligible public safety call-taking and dispatching expenses. The program promotes best practices and efficiencies like consolidating operations and sharing services across jurisdictions, as well as multi-jurisdictional PSAPs capable of dispatching services for both local and state first responders. Through the benefit of these sustaining resources, counties can also make greater investments in Next Generation 9-1-1 (or NG-911) technology, which will enable text messaging, data services and improved geo-location for emergency response. All counties and the City of New York are eligible to apply.
DHSES Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said, “Dispatching operations are an essential component of protecting the public. When a citizen calls 9-1-1, they should expect that equipment used for this purpose will ensure that they will quickly receive whatever help is necessary.”
The Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant is non-competitive and allocates money by a formula which seeks an equitable distribution of funding among counties based on quantifiable elements and relevant metrics. The formula takes into account criteria reflective of a county’s operational scope, demographic elements, emergency services call metrics, progress made in deploying new technology and adherence with state and national guidelines for emergency communications. Through this data, a county’s needs are balanced with an overall goal of developing a reliable and consistent 9-1-1 structure throughout the State.
2014-15 PSAP Operations Awards
New York City