Delaware County elected officials applaud $4.6 million in funding for county’s 911 system

HARRISBURG, Dec. 6– State representatives and senators from Delaware County announced today a $4,561,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program award to improve the county’s aging 911 system.

Through bipartisan and bicameral efforts, elected officials helped secure funding to benefit more than 560,000 Pennsylvanians and help Delaware County’s first responders.

This project will redevelop existing sites and add additional sites to ensure no loss of communication. It includes 24 tower upgrades to provide acceptable county-wide communication coverage, shelter structures, ice bridge, grounding, electric, HVAC, core work additions, and 911 center equipment to communicate effectively in emergency situations with citizens and first responders, as well as with surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

“This strategic investment in Delaware County’s emergency response infrastructure will ensure that communities like Darby and Yeadon will be better positioned to respond when our neighbors need help and keep the community safe,” said House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Delaware/Phila.

“Upgrading Delco’s 911 system was an initiative that received bipartisan support from lawmakers throughout the county. This project serves as a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together – we were able to bring over $4 million home,” said Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, who is chair of the House Democratic Caucus Southeast Delegation. “As the daughter of a Philadelphia firefighter, I’m thrilled to see this funding benefiting our local first responders while simultaneously ensuring the safety of our community.”

Rep. Leanne Krueger, who is the Delaware County Delegation Chair, said, “It is critical that we update our county’s aging emergency communications radio system so that when our first responders call for back-up in a dangerous situation, someone hears their calls. I am proud to be part of a bipartisan group of elected officials who came together across party lines to support this necessary and important improvement project.” 

Rep.-elect Gina Curry, D-Delaware, said, “Improving and supporting our emergency services is essential to making sure first responders will arrive on the scene quickly and safely. This is an important project that will benefit all who live in Delaware County.”

Rep. David Delloso, D-Delaware, said, “Effective communication with citizens and first responders is key in responding to emergencies where every second matters. This money will bring substantial improvements to the county’s 911 system and help the citizens of Delaware County receive timely help in times of crisis.”

Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, said, "Ensuring that county residents can contact emergency services during a crisis and our first responders have the tools that they need to carry out their duties is crucial for the safety of our area. This multi-million-dollar investment will have a life-saving impact on the people of southeastern Pennsylvania."

Rep. Chris Quinn, R-Delaware, said, “This grant is essential to the future of the 911 system in Delaware County, and I am pleased that it has been awarded. It’s an example of bi-partisan cooperation for the benefit of all Delco residents.”

Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware/Montgomery, said, “This funding will help ensure that when you call 911 for help, you will receive it. This grant is an investment in our future.”

Rep. Craig Williams, R-Delaware, said, “Our 911 system is critical to effectively protecting our families, homes and property.  This grant, secured with bi-partisan, bicameral support, is integral to the future of our emergency services in Delaware County.  I am proud of our delegation for coming together to secure these much needed funds.” 

Rep. Regina Young, D-Phila. /Delaware, said, "We need to have trust in our 911 call centers that they can be reached and can reach out to first responders or appropriate parties at a moment's notice. Thanks to projects and funding like this, we know that these emergency call centers will have the latest technology and guaranteed communication coverage. This ensures that first responders can better serve residents of Delaware County and the surrounding areas."

Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, said, “This important project will not only support first responders but it will also support every Delco resident or individual needing emergency assistance in the county. Communication is an essential part of any emergency response, and this grant funds the updates and improvements needed to ensure the safety and well-being of our first responders and residents.”

Sen. Amanda Cappelletti, D-Delaware/Montgomery, said “The vital role that the Delaware County 911 communications system plays during a time of crisis cannot be overstated. By funding this grant request, we ensure that our county is a safer place to live.”

Sen. John Kane, D-Chester/Delaware, said, “The Delaware County 911 Center has been in need of serious improvements for years -- to put it simply, this grant is going to save lives. I'm so proud to have worked to get this funding into Delco to make sure our emergency services professionals have all the resources they need to serve our county."

Sen. Tim Kearney, D-Chester/Delaware, said, “We worked together as a legislative delegation, with County Council and our partners at the 911 Center to bring this funding to Delaware County. This funding will enable a long overdue infrastructure upgrade and modernize our 911 Communications system. The safety of our constituents during emergencies is our number one priority.”

Sen. Anthony H. Williams, D-Delaware/Phila., said, “The investment of RACP funding awards into the frontline workers and emergency response crews at the Delco 911 Center is a direct investment into the health and safety of our Delco community. I commend the decision to award this funding to the Delco 911 Center, and I am very proud of all the RACP funding recipients doing great work in my Senatorial district.”

The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program is a grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.