Nine counties agree on new 911 phone system

RIDGWAY – Elk County will soon be one of nine Pennsylvania counties with a new state-of-the-art 911 phone system.Mike McAllister, the county's emergency management director, reiterated Tuesday during an Elk County Board of Commissioners meeting that the current system is outdated, having received an "end-of-life" letter approximately one year ago; parts and maintenance are now no longer available for the outdated system.While individual counties are free to look at options for a 911 phone system, the costs can be exorbitant."Counties can go out alone and purchase a 911 phone system, that can be as much as $400,000 or $500,000 apiece," McAllister said. "We're doing a 9-county regional phone system which will give us two main switches, then all nine counties will have access to support the 911 system from each county.