When You have an emergency, medical or otherwise, you call 9-1-1 for help. Funding to make that happen may be something you take for granted and local officials are looking at funding to keep a local 9-1-1 center here in Adams County viable.
Wednesday night, the Joint Emergency Telephone System Board or ETSB is mapping out the future of 9-1-1 services in Adams County.
"It's just kind of a growing pains opportunity that the board is working through to determine really what does the board look like," said Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator Cindy Barbera-Brelle.
The board brought in Barbera-Brelle to guide them through that process.
"The work that they're doing hasn't changed. It's providing 9-1-1 to the citizens of Quincy and Adams County and making sure those calls are answered professionally," she said.
The Emergency Telephone System Act requires 9-1-1 centers across the state to upgrade to Next Generation 9-1-1 by July of this year. That means upgrading the systems that keep this center running.
"That is a big project that's looming for us as a 9-1-1 center and not only us but statewide also," said director Jessica Douglas.
Officials said there is grant money available that could offset the cost of that.
"We've been working hard to get ahead of that for a long time, for probably 5 to 10 years so we're in great shape I think," said Mike Farha who serves on the ETSB.
That statewide 9-1-1 administrator works with 9-1-1 centers and ETSB's across Illinois. She said the center in Adams County is in the top 3rd in terms of how well it is operated.