WESTPORT, Conn. — Westport is streamlining its emergency response through the use of a combined police and fire dispatch center that will be located at police headquarters, according to the Westport News.
The new dispatch center will allow police, fire and EMS to operate with the same information when responding to calls, according to the Westport News. In addition, the $1.42 million dispatch center is expected to cut down on costs, with officials telling the Westport News that the center will save $1.4 million by its fifth year. The new dispatch center will cut down on staff, the Westport News reported.
The idea has been proposed several times since the 1970s, with multiple studies concluding that combining dispatch centers would be the most efficient way to operate for the town, the Westport News reported. Because the 911 systems are due to be upgraded, combining the dispatch centers now will avoid having to do two sets of upgrades, officials told the Westport News.
By combining dispatch services, Westport's dispatch center could also qualify for state grants that would allow it to provide 911 services for small nearby towns, the Westport News reported.
The proposal to combine dispatch services was approved last week in a unanimous vote by the Representative Town Meeting, the Westport News reported.