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Posted on: July 12, 2022

Funding Approved to Bring a 9-1-1 System to Stark County

Grant funding was approved last week by the State of Illinois to bring a 9-1-1 system to the residents of Stark County. Stark County is the last remaining County in Illinois without a 9-1-1 system.

The Peoria Stark Joint Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB) is pleased to announce that the State of Illinois, Office of the 9-1-1 Administrator, has approved funding in the amount of $2,410,473.37 for the new system. 

In the fall of 2021, the Peoria Stark Joint Emergency Telephone System Board was created and approved by the Peoria and Stark County Boards respectfully. A consolidation grant request was submitted to the State of Illinois 9-1-1 Administrator and approved last week.

A new 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center will be built at the Stark County Sheriff’s Office in Toulon. This ECC will provide service to all residents of Stark County. 

“This funding will allow Stark County residents and visitors to have the same level of 9-1-1 service as Peoria County residents presently receive,” said David Tuttle, Chairperson of the ETSB. “A Next Generation 9-1-1 system will be deployed. The system will accept wireline, wireless, and text calls to 9-1-1. It will also include location identification, a mapping system, and emergency medical dispatch as part of the new system.”

“The grant will provide not only a 9-1-1 system and a new emergency communications center but will also provide upgrades to several of the emergency radio systems used by first responders,” said Stark County Sheriff Steve Sloan. 

With the implementation of the new system, residents will be able to call or text only one number to receive emergency services in Stark County; that number is 9-1-1.

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