On Tuesday, the Clearfield County Commissioners approved the 911 Letter of Engagement with Commtech which officials said is the provider of NextGeneration 911 services for the state.
Jeremy Ruffner, 911 Coordinator for Clearfield County, said these upgrades will impact Northern Tier counties including Clearfield, Elk, Cameron and Jefferson Counties.
“This upgrade would create a private fiber network and would connect to the state’s heavy net system giving the counties in the Northern Tier a much more secure connection for things like CAD and telephone services,” said Ruffner.
CAD, known as “computerized dispatch,” is information that allows dispatchers to know who is calling and where responders should respond to.
Ruffner said this upgrade will allow counties to have a constant flow of vital information, “It will also allow them to share dispatchers so in the event of a 911 Center becoming overrun with calls or call volumes, those calls will flow to another 911 center where there are trained dispatchers who are trained in the same protocols to process the call.”
Ruffner said these upgrades will come at no cost to the county.
“The nonrecurring and reoccurring costs of the NextGeneration service will be paid for by PEMA with funds designated by acts established through the state legislature to establish, enhance, operate and maintain the statewide interconnectivity of state 911 systems,” he said.
Ruffner said these upgrades will be completed later on this year.