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Communications center plans open house

LITTLE VALLEY -- The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department will hold an open house for county legislators and the public Wednesday to view the newly renovated communications center.

Legislators are invited to attend from 4 to 5 p.m., and the public may visit from 5 to 6 p.m.

Capt. Joseph Grube, communications officer, said a state Expedited Deployment Funding Program grant for improving 911 services provided funding of $1.2 million.

The first phase included a recently completed upgrading of the telephone system, radio dispatch consoles and recording system.

The second round will add advanced mapping of the area and safeguards to prevent the dispatch computer system from failing. The new equipment and arrangement of the consoles accommodates five dispatchers when fully staffed and provides for future expansion.

"The new communications center is second to none in New York State," Sheriff Dennis B. John said. "We have worked hard to find funding for this new center so the residents of Cattaraugus County can be better served in times of an emergency.

"We are also very proud to say that all money came from outside sources and no local tax dollars had to be used," John said.

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