March 30, 2023
- Eagleville, PA
Governor Josh Shapiro highlighted his plans to create safer communities by investing in Pennsylvania's 9-1-1 emergency dispatch system, firefighters, and emergency medical services (EMS) providers during a visit to the Montgomery County 9-1-1 Center in Eagleville. Governor Shapiro's budget would invest over $50 million in county 9-1-1 systems and devote $36 million for equipment, training, and staffing needs for firefighters and EMS providers.Governor Shapiro's first budget - a commonsense set of solutions to the most pressing issues Pennsylvanians face - places a comprehensive focus on creating safer communities through investments in law enforcement officers and first responders. Investing in county public safety networks is a top priority for the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, and their President, Venango County Commissioner Chip Abramovich, praised the Governor's proposed investments at the press conference today."I know firsthand how our local municipal and county governments are on the frontlines of keeping their communities safe, and they need our support now more than ever. My budget will ensure we do more to empower those on the frontlines overseeing our emergency response efforts," said Governor Josh Shapiro. "My Administration's top priority is keeping people safe - and my budget's $50 million investment in our 9-1-1 dispatch system and $36 million for firefighters will help ensure that police, first responders, firefighters, and EMS providers have the resources they need to serve the good people of Pennsylvania. This is an issue that Democrats and Republicans support - because it's commonsense."