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Centralized Dispatching Likely in Huron County, Ohio

Date: 2016-04-04
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From an article by Scott Seitz posted in the Norwalk Reflector

It appears Huron County, Ohio, is headed for a centralized dispatching system.

Huron County Emergency Management Agency director Jason Roblin discussed the potential future of 9-1-1/centralized dispatch at a recent Norwalk city council meeting.

“[The] Ohio Revised Code changed in December 2012,” Roblin said. “There are now penalties to our wireless surcharge funding should we not comply with these ORC sections. We must comply with new Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) rules or lose all funding until we are compliant and also comply with the PSAP limitations or lose half of our funding.”

Roblin also has been working on this issue with the Huron County commissioners. “The 9-1-1 system that these laws affect belongs to the Huron County commissioners,” Roblin said. “Staying out of compliance with any part of these rules, especially the professionally accepted standards they contain, increases their liability.  

“None of our primary PSAPs would currently satisfy the new rules. They all understand the importance and began this discussion regarding consolidation of the 9-1-1 call-taking and dispatching.”

Commissioner Tom Dunlap said the county doesn’t have much choice, but to move forward. “The state mandate is out there,“ he said. ”The group here in the county has been really proactive. We’re staying ahead of the curve.”

This move to centralized dispatch has to happen, he added. “If not, it’s a real disservice to the citizens of Huron County,” Dunlap said. “I think it makes sense from a financial standpoint to consolidate. “The biggest hurdle is getting all the different government entities all on the same page.”

Read full story here at the Norwalk Reflector

- People, Places & Things/9-1-1magazine.com (via Norwalk Relfector, 4/3/16)

 

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