County gets $144,472 for its 9-1-1 call center

ALBANY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced May 9 that $9 million in Public Safety Answering Point grants have been awarded to 24 counties, including $144,472 to Hamilton County.

PSAPs are call centers that are responsible for answering emergency calls and dispatching police, fire or ambulance emergency services to the public. Just 11 counties, including Hamilton, were awarded consolidation grants.

The grants are from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Interoperability and Emergency Communications. They are to reimburse counties for costs associated with emergency call center operations, consolidation and improvements.

"These grants provide critical support to local governments to improve, streamline and consolidate emergency communications systems," Cuomo said.

When 9-1-1 is dialed on a land-based phone in most towns of Hamilton County the caller is connected to the Hamilton County Jail, where the address is displayed on a computer screen.

Calls originating in Raquette Lake and Inlet are handled by Herkimer County Dispatch; those originating in Long Lake go to Essex County Dispatch; and portions of Hope and Benson have 9-1-1 service from Fulton County.