A Wednesday night’s Accomack County Board of Supervisors meeting, 911 Director Jeff Flournoy addressed the Board on the upcoming transition to Next Generation 911 system. Flournoy said that the current Verizon 911 system has technologies dating back to the 60s and while it does work now the time when support will go away. Flournoy said that doing nothing is not an option.
The state recently approved an agreement between AT&T and Fairfax County. The other districts can either use the same agreement or arrange something with another carrier on their own. Flournoy said there are several counties and cities that have come together to explore other options. He said that the purpose is to determine if there is something available that would be better suited for our counties than the AT&T plan. He said that it may be that the AT&T plan will be the best option but that will not be determined until other options are explored.
Flournoy said he hopes to have a better handle on the situation by the Spring or Summer this year. He will then submit a proposal to the 911 Commission which upon approval will forward it to the Board of Supervisors.
The Eastern Shore 911 serves both Accomack and Northampton Counties. It will require approval by both Boards of Supervisors.
Chairman Robert Crockett said, “We have no choice. We will have to fund a new system.”