Updates are required for 9-1-1 centers in the coming years and the cost is almost overbearing. That's why a pair of neighboring central Illinois counties are exploring sharing the cost.
Tony Harris is the 9-1-1 Coordinator for DeWitt County and says it is very early on the process but Next Generation 9-1-1 is going to be almost a complete overhaul of the 9-1-1 system and it is so expansive and expensive, it would nearly impossible for either County to pay for it on their own.
Dollars available are very minimal and Harris explains the first step is to lay the foundation for all the equipment and then start purchasing the equipment itself. He notes, DeWitt County has actually already started that process to an extent.
The new system has to be in place by 2020.
He says it can be confusing to follow and emphasizes there is a lot of work still to do to make the partnership a reality.