The city of Tahlequah Emergency Management department will be getting an upgrade in its location software.

The Cherokee County Board of County Commissioners, during the regular meeting Monday morning, agreed to purchase GeoSafe, an application that will help emergency responders serve the community.

The board approved the buy-in for the program, which allows the city’s Emergency Management department to connect and share information with other local agencies.

GeoSafe provides GPS tracking and computer-aided dispatch integration for police, fire and emergency medical services. The system will allow quicker access to critical data, which can then be communicated to units in the field. The total cost of the program is being split among various local emergency responders and will allow responders to work together more efficiently.

Commissioners also discussed and approved federal funds from the U.S. Department of Interior to Cherokee County. Those monies come in yearly to the county and are appropriated to the school districts involved.

Commissioners approved an extension of a truck loan from the Bank of Cherokee County for the Welling Fire Department. Members also approved a resolution to dispose of equipment for the treasurer’s office.

No action was taken on a bid to lease-purchase a used 2008 or newer tanker for the Illinois River Fire Department because no bids were made.

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