Ben Reed

Enhanced 911 Board Chairman Ben Reed discusses recent interruptions of phone service at Elko Central Dispatch on July 13. 

ELKO – The Enhanced 911 Board has chosen a consulting group to help get E-911 service off the ground.

Winbourne Consulting Group was the number one option for all seven members of the board, and County Commissioners chose to accept the board’s recommendation.

The consulting group will be a key in helping all three dispatch centers in the county get the right infrastructure in place to handle enhanced 911 calls. The system would relay location information to emergency responders without the caller having to state their address.

Enhanced 911 Board Chairman Ben Reed said the consulting group has worked with other municipalities on projects like this before.

“A couple of the people who they proposed to be the lead of their project team are people that come pretty highly recommended in this industry,” he said.

The company bid $161,280 to plan the enhancement, advise on procurement of equipment, and advise on installation and setup.

Winbourne is based in Arlington, Virginia, but would have a project manager in Las Vegas to work with Elko County.

Cash Minor, assistant county manager, said letters will be going out this week to phone companies to begin sending checks from the surcharge, which they are already collecting.

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There also is more than $200,000 in the community donation fund to help with the project, Reed said.

The Enhanced 911 board has been meeting regularly since the beginning of the year and Reed said he is proud of the progress the board has made and was thankful for the community support that helped them afford Winbourne’s services.

“This is another big step for us. This consultant and the development of the plan from the community donations,” he said. “The community’s generosity is allowing us to get this going and get this up and running. I’m excited.”

Adella Harding contributed to this report

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