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Johnston County 911 Receives OverĀ $1.7 Million in State Grant Funding

For Immediate Release:  October 5, 2022

Smithfield, NC – Johnston County 911 was recently awarded a substantial grant from the North Carolina 911 Board for paging and radio infrastructure upgrade needs. The department applied for the grant this past May and was notified they had been awarded the full request of $1,756,657.27 last month.

Johnston County 911 will use the funds to upgrade infrastructure at the new Public Safety Center located in Smithfield, east of Interstate 95 off Yelverton Grove Road. 911 Center director Brett Renfrow says the grant money will be used to outfit the center with the latest technology currently available for paging capabilities and it will also cover costs for moving the current phone system.

"We are very grateful to the North Carolina 911 Board for awarding this grant to Johnston County 911. This will allow Johnston County 911 to continue to provide the highest level of public safety access to our fire, EMS, and law enforcement partners who continue to serve the citizens of Johnston County daily," said Renfrow.

The grant application process took months to complete and required vital input from staff. "I'd like to thank our team for their efforts and attention to detail on this grant application," Renfrow said. 

In addition to the upgraded paging and radio infrastructure, the funds will also help cover the installation of a new generator at the Public Safety Center. For more information on Johnston County 911 visit their website at: