DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

November 14, 2013

Town's 911 mapping still a year off

Derry signed on with state last year to begin process

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — DERRY — The state won’t be coming to Derry to do its emergency mapping any time soon.

That’s the word from acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau, who gave an update on the state’s Bureau of Emergency Communications 911 mapping system at a Town Council meeting Nov. 5.

“The project won’t begin in Derry for another year,” Budreau said.

Derry officially signed on with the state in 2012 to have the mapping done. The town was one of only a handful of communities that hadn’t opted for the free state service.

The mapping puts representatives out into neighborhoods to make detailed maps of the areas, including homes, hydrants, businesses and landmarks.

Information is then presented to the town with any recommendations from the state that might enhance emergency response time.

By mapping the town, emergency officials can pinpoint areas that may pose potential delays in response time.

Once the work begins, the mapping could take several years to complete.