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Pickaway County Preps for Enhanced 9-1-1

 
Pickaway County Preps for Enhanced 9-1-1
Posted February 21st, 2014 @ 12:42pm

Technology advancements are coming to emergency 9-1-1 and Ohio is looking at big changes on how emergency responders are dispatched. The Pickaway County 911 Dispatch Advisory Committee held their first meeting Friday morning to get started.

Pickaway County EMA Director and 9-1-1 Coordinator Dave Conrad says this committee is charged with expressing concerns and making recommendations that will help the county formulate a plan to impliment the new enhanced system, which can also handle text and video messages as well as audio calls to 9-1-1.

County Commissoner Jay Wippel wants to see " all the stakeholders who would be using such a system, give them ideas for the system design".

Sheriff Robert Radcliff would like to see serious consideration given to his department's communication department operating such a system, saying he has the people already trained in 9-1-1 dispatching and the law complex was designed for future improvements and growth.

Circleville Police Chief Wayne Gray says he understands the need for making technology improvements, but the question is how to pay for it. He added, "The residents of Pickaway County are taxed-out at this point".

Once the state standards are established, each county will have two years to impliment a plan for enhanced 9-1-1.

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