The Effingham County 911 Board met Tuesday for their monthly meeting to decide their next step after hearing from Pals Electric last month about generator maintenance. The 911 Board has decided for now that it is best not to enter a maintenance contract, citing concerns about entering any kind of agreement with the financial uncertainty at the state level. The Board though did announce that the County will begin doing monthly full-load testing with their backup generators to ensure that everything is working.
The 911 Board has also begun working on renewing their intergovernmental agreement with the City and County. The agreement is to allow for the use of city and county facilities by the 911 Board. If approved, this will allow for the continued use of the city police department and county sheriff’s office as locations for 911 answering points. Other facilities would be available as well to the 911 Board with the agreement. The cost of this agreement last year was 86,700. There was a scheduled 2% increase, but the 911 Board will request to keep the price the same for the current year because of the uncertainty in state funding.
Another item of note from the meeting, Addressing Specialist Tina Daniels expressed the importance of children knowing their home address. She explained that while landlines will display the address during an emergency call, this isn’t always the case with cell phones. Daniels said that this information is important for kids to know in the event that they need to call 911 in an emergency, as the operator my have no other way of knowing the exact location the call is coming from.