Ohio emergency call centers can now apply for new 9-1-1 technology grant

Local emergency call centers can now apply for grants to upgrade to new 9-1-1 technology, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Monday.

The Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) technology is made possible by a $4.3 million grant from the federal 911 Grant Program.

“NG 9-1-1 is an internet protocol-based system that enables the exchange of digital information, including text messages and eventually photos and videos,” DeWine stated in a release.

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The reimbursable grants are designed to help local centers develop NG 9-1-1 capabilities and will fund 60 percent of the costs associated with new projects that aid those communities.

Applications will be distributed to all 88 county 9-1-1 coordinators, which will be reviewed by the Ohio 9-1-1 Program Office and the Department of Commerce.

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