MESTA, Mayes Emergency Trust Services, has been awarded a community grant from Google, Inc. for $10,000.
The grant will provide computer-aided dispatch software for the Mayes County 911 service. Google, which maintains a data center in Mayes County, presented the grant through the Google, Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of the Tides Foundation.
“With the funds provided by Google’s grant, we will now be able to purchase equipment that will provide faster 911 response to the citizens of Mayes County,” Rick Langkamp, MESTA director, said. “Ensuring emergency responses are executed in a timely and expedient manner is vitally important to the general wellbeing of our citizens. The improved emergency services will make a very real difference in the safety and quality of life for all Mayes County residents.”
The grant is being used with community raised funds for the new emergency equipment, which totaled just under $250,000. The equipment will link fire, police and ambulance service together in a single, coordinated dispatch and communication service. This consolidation of service will improve communication between emergency services by directly connecting emergency services personnel through cell phone messaging. GPS-enabled devices will also be made available to track locations of emergency vehicles.
“Google selected this grant because it leverages technology to provide a significant improvement in quality of life for all residents in Mayes County.” Mike Wooten, operations manager for the Google Oklahoma data center, said.
“We’re thankful to Google for their continued interest in the betterment of Mayes County,” Langkamp said. “This grant will have a long-term effect on the development of the entire region and is but one more example of Google’s dedication to our community.”
Google’s community grant program supports organizations and initiatives that focus on the issues of technology literacy and innovation, renewable energy innovation, access to high-speed Internet and new economy entrepreneurship.
To learn more about Google’s community grant program, visit www.google.com/mayescounty