It's a decision that could affect what happens the next time you call 9-1-1. On Monday, the Pitt County Board of Commissioners set aside funds to help improve the county's emergency paging system.
Areas like Clarks Neck, Grimesland, and Simpson, in the lower part of Pitt County have been dealing with a spotty emergency paging service for some time.
It is a problem first responders in those areas say could be detrimental.
"We are a hit or miss type situation in this area," said Chief Bryan Dixon, Clark's Neck Vol. Fire Chief. "We are a very low percentage of actually receiving them at this time."
Chief Dixon says this problem could have negative repercussions.
"If your firefighters don't get the message that you've got a call, your man power response is reduced and in structure fires and that type of stuff you need that type of man power that can respond."