Grand County Emergency Telephone Service Authority

Grand County 911 Authority

The Grand County Emergency Telephone Service Authority Board (GCETSA) is composed of five members. All members are appointed by the Grand County Board of Commissioners. There is one 911 call center in the county, located at the Sheriff’s Department in Hot Sulphur Springs. The GCETSA has set the stage for training, quality improvement, planning and technology in the emergency 911 communications field.

Tariff Setting - How the 911 System is Funded
Funding for the operation of the Emergency Telephone System (E 911) comes from the surcharge affixed to each telephone line located in Grand County. Prior to September 1st of each year, the Authority is required by Colorado State Statute, to set the tariff for the coming year. In 1998 with the founding of the Grand County Emergency Authority Board, the tariff was set at $.50 cents per month and through application to the Colorado PUC, the tariff was raised twice to its current amount of $1.50 per month.

National 911 History
“911” is the three digit telephone number that has been designated as the “Universal Emergency Number,” for public use throughout the United States to request emergency assistance. It is intended as a nationwide telephone number giving the public direct access to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) which will be responsible for taking the appropriate action. In the United States, the first catalyst for a nationwide emergency telephone number gained momentum in 1957 when the National Association of Fire Chiefs recommended use of a single number for reporting fires nationwide.  Read on...