Contact Us
Westport Daily Voice serves Weston & Westport

Menu

Westport Daily Voice serves Weston & Westport

Nearby Towns

police & fire

Westport Approves Central Dispatch Center To Handle 911 Calls

Westport police, fire and EMS calls will be handled from one centralized dispatch center, according to the Westport News.
Westport police, fire and EMS calls will be handled from one centralized dispatch center, according to the Westport News. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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.

Click here for the Westport News story.

Welcome to

Westport Daily Voice!

Serves Weston & Westport

This is a one time message inviting you to keep in touch

Get important news about your town as it happens.