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Hubbard chooses Trumbull County 911 dispatching



Published: Mon, July 16, 2012 @ 10:12 p.m.

Hubbard chooses Trumbull County 911 dispatching

HUBBARD

After a 6-1 council vote Monday night, the city became the newest police department to send its 911 dispatching services to the Trumbull County 911 Center in Howland.

The cost of keeping the center in Hubbard, along with budget concerns, made it a responsible decision, said Councilman Tim O’Hara. He believes the city can still get the same type of emergency service at a fraction of the cost.

“Safety is No. 1 and it always has been No. 1,” he said. “Eventually everyone in the county will be moved to Howland.”

By moving 911 services to an emergency center in Howland, the city can save approximately $200,000 in projected yearly savings, said Louis Carsone, city safety director.

According to the 2012 budget, the city allocated $320,024.50 for dispatching services. Carsone said by moving, the city will be charged $4.75 when a call for service is received by city police. The department has approximately 10,000 calls each year, which results in an estimated cost of $47,500 per year.

“This was not an easy meeting for anyone,” said Carsone, who thanked the four full-time and two part-time dispatchers during the council meeting.

Dan Havalo was the only councilman to vote against the move. He voiced concerns about emergency response times during a possible electric or water outage.

“Right now I feel like we have insignificant information,” he said.


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1valleypoboy(62 comments)posted 1 year, 12 months ago

Congratulations to the Hubbard council for making a wise choice. The scare tactics are thinly disguised attempts by those who like the idea of control without worrying about being responsible to citizens in serious need. Many small dispatch centers are staffed by only one person on some if not all shifts. How is that safe? It is very easy to overload a single person with a combination of phone calls and radio traffic no matter how dedicated they may be. A larger center can also afford to provide higher level training both initial and ongoing which is rarely provided in the small town setting. Finally, consider what happens when that lone dispatcher has to take a "comfort break" in a setting where the next call can never be predicted. All those factors support regional, well managed and well trained 911 and dispatch centers no matter what the rhetoric to the contrary. Maybe others will follow Hubbard's lead.

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