Gov. Fletcher Presents Funds for Mobile Data Computers
Gov. Fletcher addresses attendees at Toyota Motor
Gov. Fletcher presents symbolic check for mobile
data computers to Scott County officials and law
Gov. Fletcher and other speakers at the podium
of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky visitor
center in Scott County.
On Jan. 11, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher visited Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in Georgetown to present a homeland security check to provide mobile data computers for area first responders.
The governor also broke ground on a widening project on I-75 in Scott County.
“Ensuring the safety and security of Kentuckians is one of my administration’s top priorities,” said Gov. Fletcher. “Effective communication is essential to our public safety personnel to help us prevent crime and respond to emergencies."
The Georgetown homeland security project, totaling $553,635, will provide for more than 50 computers to be installed in local response vehicles. Mobile data computers are a rapidly emerging technology tool for first responders. They enable responders to quickly send and receive critical and timely reports and provide an added means of communication.
“I appreciate Gov. Fletcher visiting Scott County to present these important checks,” said Sen. Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown). “The homeland security funds will ensure that our local first responders can communicate with one another in emergencies.”
"The new state of the art mobile data computers will help local responders do their jobs more quickly and efficiently and I'm grateful for this homeland security funding," said Majority Caucus Chair Charlie Hoffman, (D-Georgetown).
Sixty-nine percent of the discretionary funding distributed by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) this year has been invested in enhanced communications for Kentucky’s first responders and 911 upgrades, including $6.47 million for mobile data computers.
“Providing Kentucky’s first responders and citizens with the ability to effectively communicate and share information is the commonwealth’s number one public safety priority,” said (Ret) Maj. Alecia Webb-Edgington, director of KOHS.
Since 2004, Georgetown and Scott County have received or directly benefited from more than $2 million in state homeland security funds.