Corman: $1 Million for Huntingdon County 911 Center Offsets New Emergency Radio System Costs

(HARRISBURG) – Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) visited the Huntingdon County 911 Center after the county was awarded $1 million to help offset the costs of replacing its 40-year-old public radio system.

“We are here looking at the central command of every emergency call in Huntingdon County,” Senator Corman said. “From the first moments someone calls for help, the people here make sure that help is on the way while comforting those in need. Upgrading this system will ensure countywide operation of a radio system and enhance communication between fire, police and emergency medical staff.”

Senator Corman said the money comes from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RCAP), which is designed to assist in the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational and historical improvement projects.

“The technological advances in the last 40 years are astounding and our emergency responders should have access to that in dealing with life-and-death situations,” Senator Corman said. “This project updates to a digital system and allows all emergency responders to be on the same band width and permits secure transmissions for police for additional safety.”

The project replaces the entire public radio system with all new equipment, adds four remote sites to allow for total countywide coverage and provides updates to existing radio sites. The total cost of the project is about $6.5 million. It is expected to be operational this year.

 

CONTACT: Jenn Kocher (717) 787-1377 or jkocher@pasen.gov