More than 300 residents listened to some or all of the discussion.Forty years ago, the fire service discovered that handling California wildfires---managing hundreds of firefighters, scores of apparatus, and dozens of agencies--- took a special set of management protocols.To that end, this issue came before City Council in January and February, accompanied by an extensive schedule of community outreach and engagement.Telephone Town Hall On February 8 at 7 p.m., Police Chief Tracy Hahn, Fire Chief Lyn Nofziger and NRECC Director Jay Somerville hostrf a Telephone Town Hall to answer residents' questions about the consolidation.Conversely, law enforcement has provided the lead in managing and maintaining dispatch centers.
At the Monday, February 13, 2017 City Council Meeting, Council voted unanimously in favor of a Motion directing the City Manager to proceed with the consolidation of 911/dispatching services with Dublin's Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center.
A Staff team has been studying this complex issue for approximately six years, considering the best practices of other entities, closely monitoring changes in state regulations and countywide-dispatching protocols, and exploring opportunities with potential consolidation partners that could satisfy our service level requirements as well as current and future technological needs.
Having concluded that consolidation with a regional dispatching center is the City's best option for meeting the community's emergency dispatching needs into the future, in early 2015 initial contract discussions were begun with the City of Columbus.
But Will County officials call it "efficient" government, and said it is no different than spending money on major road improvements in one part of the county and not the other.
Consolidation of dispatch centers has been mandated by the state.