Funds to Help Locate Cell and Internet Emergency Callers

TOPEKA, Kan. - In an effort to assist cell phone and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) users in calling 911 in emergency situations, Governor Kathleen Sebelius and the Kansas Wireless Enhanced Advisory Board (KWEAB) Wednesday announced $3,623,850 in funding for 47 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) from the State Wireless Enhanced 911 (E911) grant program.

“Kansans need to know they can count on getting the help they need during emergencies,” Sebelius said. “This funding is critical in locating wireless callers in emergency situations.”

Funding from the E911 state grant assists PSAPs in implementing wireless enhanced 911 services; purchasing equipment or upgrading and modifying equipment; and providing training to operate the equipment, including costs to train personnel to provide effective services for those who have communication disabilities.

The grant funds are generated from a 25-cent-monthly fee collected from each wireless service account in Kansas and one percent from the retail price of any prepaid wireless service sold in the state. Counties with population of less than 75,000 or any city located within such a county are eligible for E911 state grant funds.

Recipients of the 2008 Wireless Enhanced 911 State Grant:

Allen- Allen County Sheriff’s Office - $83,274

Atchison- Atchison County Communications Center - $116,849

Barber- Barber County Sheriff’s Office - $55,141

Butler- Butler County Emergency Communications - $18,302

Chase- Chase County Sheriff’s Office - $152,600

Cherokee- Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office - $168,767

Cheyenne- Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office - $26,333

Cloud- Concordia Police Department - $63,004

Coffey- Coffey County Sheriff’s Office - $61,600

Crawford- Crawford County 911 Service - $89,614

Decatur- Decatur County Emergency Communications - $8,464

Dickinson- Dickinson Emergency Communications - $83,136

Elk- Elk County Sheriff’s Department - $118,388

Ellis - Ellis County PSAP - $141,235

Ellsworth - Ellsworth County Sheriff’s Office - $72,641

Ford- Ford County Communications - $138,404

Graham- Graham County Sheriff Office - $27,997

Grant - Grant County Sheriff’s Department - $61,763

Greenwood- Greenwood County Emergency 911 - $216,624

Hamilton- Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office - $53,490

Harper- Harper County 911 - $56,335

Harvey - Harvey County Communications - $174,661

Hodgeman - Hodgeman County Sheriff’s Office - $ 8,400

Jefferson- Jefferson County 911 Communications - $45,799

Jewell - Jewell County Sheriff’s Office - $26,837

Labette - Labette County Emergency Communications - $10,004

Lincoln - Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office - $53,198

Logan-Gove - Logan-Gove County Emergency 911 - $106,353

Lyon - Emporia Police Department - $101,999

Marion - Marion County Emergency Communications - $27,413

Marshall - Marshall County Sheriff Department - $ 7,381

Mitchell - Mitchell County Communications Center - $24,855

Neosho - Neosho County Sheriff’s Department - $15,213

Ness - Ness County Sheriff’s Office - $24,313

Osage - Osage County Sheriff’s Office - $112,909

Osborne - Osborne County Sheriff’s Office - $129,131

Ottawa - Ottawa County 911 - $100,812

Phillips - Phillips County Sheriff’s Office - $114,898

Rice - Rice County Communications - $190,520

Rooks - Rooks County Sheriff’s Department - $45,373

Rush - Rush County Sheriff’s Department - $68,947

Russell - Russell County 911 - $188,879

Sheridan - Sheridan County Sheriff’s Department - $ 24,802

Sherman - Sherman County Communications - $ 10,854

Smith - Smith County Communications - $ 39,479

Washington- Washington County 911 Communications - $132,900

Wilson - Wilson County Central Communications Office - $ 23,959


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