Missouri communities make fire/emergency dispatch changes

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

ELLISVILLE, Mo.—The Central County Emergency 911 Board has approved contracts to provide fire and emergency medical dispatching services to the two departments that currently are served by the North Central County Fire Alarm operation, according to an article from Newsmagazinenetwork.com, which covers suburban St. Louis.

The city of Berkeley Fire Department and the Community Fire Protection District will switch to Ellisville-based Central County on Jan. 1, the article said. Berkeley and the fire protection district are the first in what is expected to be a move to Central County by most or all of the operations North Central has been serving.

Due to financial pressures, North Central is expected to shut down Oct. 31, the report noted.

It remains unclear which dispatching operation will fill the two-month gap from that closing until Jan. 1, when Central County will officially begin servicing the acquired departments, according to the article. The acquisition process, comprised of several phases, involves ordering and installing additional computer and communications equipment and mapping addresses in the expanded area, then loading that information into Central County’s computerized dispatching system. Additional personnel will be needed to establish necessary links between the dispatching center and the new locations the department will serve.