The Town of Boone and Watauga County are among a number of recipients of grant funding from the North Carolina 911 board for equipment improvements.

Watauga Online reports $8.45 million has been granted to 12 local public safety answering points and $6 million for three statewide projects.

According to the report, the Boone Police Department will receive $252,565.43 and Watauga County will receive $154,130.86. The grants will fund improvements to 911 PSAPs, radio-and-dispatch equipment upgrades and creation of new PSAPs.

Watauga County Emergency Services Director Will Holt, the money will go into upgrading dispatch consoles in the communications center to the latest hardware. Town of Boone will use funding in a similar project.

In addition, others that will receive grants include Alleghany County, $135,000 new 911 facility project, and Burke County, $135,303 for system software acquisition and implementation.