The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about the more than $109 million in grants through the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) to improve 911 services in 34 states and two tribal nations across the country. This is part of the 911 Grant Program and will help to upgrade call centers to Next Generation 911 capabilities. These upgrades are expected to improve emergency responder response time for communities that are currently being underserved by outdated technology.
The 911 Grant Program
The 911 Grant Program will provide basic improvements like digital and IP network capabilities for 911 emergency call centers. It will also help to implement advanced mapping systems that will make it easier and quicker to identify a 911 caller’s location. There are also planned improvements to help call centers manage call overload, such as call-transfer capabilities, messages and data between public safety answering points that are interconnected to the IP network. Additionally, the 911 Grant Program will also directly fund training costs associated with the new system upgrades.
Improving First Responder Response Time
Ultimately, improving 911 call centers is all about improving response times for people who are in trouble. The swifter and more efficient a 911 call center is, the more quickly a first responder can be dispatched to a car accident or other type of emergency. In addition to the U.S. DOT, this grant is also being administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the NHTSA.
Car Accidents in San Diego
If you’ve ever been injured in a car accident or witnessed an accident, you know just how vital 911 services are. After any kind of car accident, it’s also critically important to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills and other expenses associated with your injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.