Thompson Adds $250,000 Centre Project To House-Passed Funding Measure

June 19, 2009
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representative Glenn `GT’ Thompson, R-Howard, today announced that he requested  $250,000 for  the upgrade of the Centre County  Emergency Communication System, that was included  in the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations  measure for fiscal year 2010, which passed the House of Representatives last night.

“I’m very gratified to have the support of the House for an important new emergency communications system in my district,” said Thompson. “The funds are provided under the Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services, COPS.  This program helps law enforcement agencies across the country meet a range of community policing challenges. Having spent years as a volunteer emergency medical technician, I can attest first-hand to the importance of adequate communications systems for first responders.”

The $250,000 will go to the Centre County 9-1-1 Emergency Communication System Upgrade. It will be used to purchase an upgraded emergency communications system to improve safety for the citizens of the County.  During the fiscal year 2009 appropriations process, which was delayed until this past February, Thompson helped secure $1,000,000 for the project.  This project, for fiscal year 2010, builds on the strength of the local, state and federal partnership.

Chairman of the Centre County Board of Commissioners Jon Eich said today, “This is critical funding for Center County’s 9-1-1 system that has been in place for 10 years.  It is reaching the end of its useful life, in fact, the manufacturer has stopped making components for the system and parts may only be available through 2011. This funding gives us the opportunity to move the plan ahead to the next generation of 9-1-1 systems and put radios in the field for our first responders.  We appreciate what Thompson has done for us, this is Centre County’s top capital improvement project.”

While House passage of the measure is an extremely positive sign, the funding must still be approved in the Senate version of the Commerce, Justice Science bill, and the measure must be signed into law by the President.