Local 911 centers receive federal money to speed emergency response

By Crystal Britt - bio | email

DEXTER, MO (KFVS) - Technology upgrades will allow cell calls to be pinpointed.
According to the Missouri Department of Public Safety, the state of Missouri has received a federal grant of almost $1.7 million to help 911 centers improve their ability to locate people...especially those calling from wireless phones.
Nineteen centers across the state will share the funds.  Stoddard County is on that list.  The 911 Center in Dexter will receive $43,000.
911 Administrator Carol Moreland says that money wil go toward replacing the center's recording system and it will allow them to get a new mapping and addressing system.
Moreland says the current recorder system is about 15 years old and needs to be replaced.
That system records all traffic on radios and 911 calls, providing an instant replay if needed.
"Will give GPS points for addresses, getting more houses on the map," Moreland said. "It will get us more compliant to find a cell phone, and also landline callers."
Other local 911 centers to benefit from the grant include: Dunklin, Madison, and Washington counties.

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