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Marshall Co. Secures $180K State Grant To Improve Emergency Dispatch Equipment

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  Marshall County’s E-911 director says the county has secured a state grant of more than $180,000 dollars to improve and replace aging emergency dispatching equipment. E-911 Director Chris Freeman said the radio console inside the county’s 911 center has been on its last leg, and that it’s a vital piece of equipment to get police or firefighters to an emergency and save lives.

 

The Kentucky 911 Services Board approved the grant last week, almost a month after Freeman submitted the grant application. Freeman expects to begin purchasing new radio consoles around mid-August.

 

“We will meet with the 911 Services Board, sit down, and the judge-executive for the county will actually sign that we accept the money, and that we are going to do the project,” Freeman said. “The next step, they will announce the date we can start purchasing the equipment and signing contracts with the vendors.”

 

Freeman said each radio console costs roughly $22,000 thousand dollars, and that the county would be purchasing four. He expects to begin purchasing new consoles around mid-August.

 

Hannah is a Murray State Journalism major. She found her place in radio during her second year in Murray. She is from Herndon, KY, a small farming community on the Kentucky/Tennessee stateline.
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