JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is beginning a project to create needed redundancy between the county’s 911 system and the 911 system used by Montgomery County.
Fulton County Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator Steve Santa Maria on Monday reminded the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee of a $2.3 million Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant the county accepted in 2014. Creating redundancy between Fulton and Montgomery counties’ 911 answering points was included in the grant.
“We’re ready to move forward for that part of the project now,” Santa Maria said.
With the project, two new dispatch console positions will be located at the Fulton County Emergency Operations Center at the county Highway Garage.
The state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has approved this project and is reimbursing Fulton County 100 percent of all costs, he said.
Santa Maria said the entire idea of the project is to protect Fulton County if its 911 dispatch center at the Sheriff’s Department on Route 29 goes down. In that case, he said two dispatchers can be sent to Montgomery County, and vice versa. to make sure area communications are running well.
“We’re going to be truly redundant,” Santa Maria said.
The committee passed four resolutions expending over $140,000 related to the project. The full board will consider final approval of the resolutions later.
The first allows a $48,725 agreement with Frontier Communications for equipment, installation and maintenance of certain phone equipment for the Interoperable Communications Project. The firm currently provides 911 phone service. Components of the 911 system that require redundancy include: phone for both 911 and administrative lines, land mobile radio, Computer Aided Dispatch, and the Record Management System.
Frontier will provide, install and maintain necessary equipment to create bi-county 911 phone redundancy.
The second proposed resolution requested by Santa Maria involves a $30,498 agreement with Admit Computers. The firm will provide Fulton County with software, licensing, project management, engineering and installation services, training, and any required upgrades to create redundancy.
A third resolution supported Monday allows $34,000 of the grant funds to purchase certain infrastructure items.
Santa Maria said the list of items put together by the county Information Services Department includes: a $10,961 server; $3,657 for the server license; $2,500 for such items as wires and breakers; other infrastructure like housing, panels, connectors, cord, switch, cabinet, optics, and $4,125 for contingency.
Santa Maria said the majority of the items will come from state contractor vendors.
The fourth resolution involves the county advertising for bid for $28,424 worth of dispatch console position furniture. Three computer work stations will be placed at the Emergency Operations Center.
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