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Blair Seeks Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement For 911 Addressing


In an effort to provide continued accurate and timely 911 dispatching services to its residents and assist those who use mobile/broadband based communication devices, Blair County is being proactive in its response to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's upcoming transition from the current dispatching technology, Enhanced 911 (E911) to what is called Next Generation 911 (NG911 ).

Unlike E911, that is dependent on tabular data and supplemented with GIS data, NG911 will be dependent on GIS data for everything from connecting the caller to the correct dispatch center, to providing dispatchers with valuable information about the location of an incident.

NG911 's dependency on GIS data necessitates the need to have accurate, current and complete GIS datasets.

Waiting to streamline the addressing processes and procedures in Blair County until NG911 is implemented statewide, could delay or decrease the effectiveness of Blair County's NG911 implementation.

On May 28, 2019, the Blair County Department of Emergency Services and Blair County Geographic Information Systems Department received Blair County commissioner's approval to solicit the municipalities in Blair County to join an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement (ICA). This collaboration would assist with standardizing and centralizing 911 addressing procedures at the county level, as well as enhance both the management of 911 addressing and the administration of Geographic Information System (GIS) data associated with 911 dispatching. Countywide municipal participation in the proposed ICA will assist greatly as Blair County transitions to NG911.


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