Thompson Adds $250,000 for Lycoming Project to House Funding Bill

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 Lycoming County Emergency Operations Center, 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 communication 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 allow the Lycoming County Emergency Operations Center to purchase new equipment.  The funds will purchase an Emergency 9-1-1 console and relocate it into the new addition at the center.  Money will also be used to renovate 1,550 square feet of existing space for use by the emergency operations center and 9-1-1 center, which serves Lycoming and Sullivan counties.

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.