911 Dispatchers Combine

By Max Resnik

January 18, 2011 Updated Jan 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – At a press conference today Tim Lee was named the Director of the City-County Community Partnership.

The CCP will merge police and fire agencies from the City of Fort Wayne and Allen County under one dispatch center. The CCP will also have an operations board under Lee that will include Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries, Chief Deputy Dave Gladieux, Fort Wayne Police Chief Rust York and Fire Chief Pete Kelly.

Lee comes to Allen County from Allen County, Ohio where he directed a similar transition. He says he was able to combine 22 local and countywide agencies under one dispatch center in Allen County, Ohio.

Lee says time delay between emergency calls and emergency response will decrease. Under one system, one call will be dispatched under one roof providing a quicker response time as agencies work together to answer the call. Additionally Lee says, mutual aid between agencies will be greater.

He says operations should really solidify within the next six months. He says there is no rush to make this happen because the CCP wants to make sure that all personnel are ready and that switch is done right.

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