Allen County And Fort Wayne Combine 911 Dispatch Centers

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 24, 2010 at 12:21 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry signed an agreement Wednesday morning, merging the city and county's 911 dispatch centers.

Fort Wayne City Council approved the agreement Tuesday night.

Allen County Commissioners and Council approved it earlier.

The combined services will still be housed in the basement of the City-County Building under the command of an executive director. But the glass wall separating the two operations will come down.

No dispatchers are expected to lose their jobs.

The move will lower costs and allow for quicker response time.

Mayor Henry said, "It's going to take several months for the employees to be trained in the practices and protocols of the city and the county. It's going to mean the hiring of a new executive director. It's going to mean the operations board and the overseeing board to be put into place."

The transition is expected to last for the next four to 10-months.

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