Allowed uses include: equipment, software, GIS technical support and data, technical support services, software and hardware maintenance, training, and telecommunications services that are directly related to a PSAP receiving, processing and transmitting a 911 call. Dispatch console equipment designed specifically for use in a PSAP for 911 and radio operations should be acceptable as are logging recorders, emergency generators, uninterruptible power supply systems, computer-aided dispatch systems, and radio base stations used by a PSAP to support its operations. Also, fiber optic connectivity used to connect the PSAP to the radio transmitters and/or to radio antennas; microwave equipment that connects a PSAP to radio base stations; public safety radio base stations, combiners, Tower Top Pre-amp, radio trunking system, generators, antennas, coaxial cable if it is used to connect microwave or radio base stations to antennas, frequency licensing, installation of any hardware described above, electrical upgrade if it is directly related to the installation of the radio and microwave equipment to be installed at the tower site. 911 funds may be used for mobile computers used by law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel since that equipment is receiving the 911 call, but should not be used for RMS or records and corrections systems because those are not directly involved in processing 911 calls. 911 funds may be used for Computer Aided Dispatch systems and maintenance. Anti-virus software used on 911 equipment may be purchased with 911 funds. Bi-directional amplifiers may also be purchased. 911 funds may be used to cover software and hardware upgrades and maintenance costs for EMD systems and for training of 911 dispatchers on the EMD system. 911 funds may be used to transfer and move 911 equipment and set up operations in a new location. 911 funds may be used to purchase a fax machine that is used to send reports or 911 calls. A radio frequency study would be allowable as long as it is limited to developing the technical specifications and requirements to implement appropriate public safety radio communications coverage in a jurisdiction and shows a direct relationship with providing 911 services. Mobility management software for MDT connectivity to the PSAP is allowed. ESRi GIS software used for PSAP GIS data maintenance and creation is an allowable expense from 911 fees. Training costs on 911, including mileage and airfare to the training location, are allowable expenses.
In general, the use of 911 funds must have a direct relationship to the performance of 911 and emergency communications functions performed by PSAP personnel who receive, process and transmit 911 calls to emergency responders.
A medical director who oversees the EMD program is an allowable expense of 911 funds, so long as the fee is apportioned to the EMD program and does not relate to other programs or departments, like EMS.