10/25/14 155 W - + 3 - 2 First Three-County Dispatch Center in North Carolina

Here's something interesting out of Hyde County, a press release announcing the first three-county emergency communications center in our state. This press release (PDF) from September 25 notes the county's decision to join Dare and Tyrrell counties in the creation of a regional ECC. Each county currently operates their own "public safety answering point."

The new center will be located in Dare County, in Manteo adjacent to the regional airport. The county is donating the land. The project is estimated at $11 million and will be largely funded through the new NC E-911 Consolidation Program. (The NC 911 Board site tells more about such funds.) It should be completed in two-and-a-half years. Hyde County expects operational savings of about $130,000 a year, through participation.

Maybe our readers on the comms side can talk about both this and consolidation projects in general, and some of the benefits (as well as challenges).

It makes sense to me to do that. These are largely rural counties and the savings would be considerable to each agency. Now if they would retain all the employees to staff the new center would great since they are familiar with the area.
John Davis (Email) - 10/25/14 - 09:42

I echo John’s sentiment. Savings in those “poor” rural counties, with the exception of part of Dare, is a big deal. It *would be nice to keep the TCs from the counties’ 911 centers, though some may not want that long a commute to work. There’s another issue altogether. But yes, having a “local” TC that know the area is a good thing. I think NCSHP recently closed the Williamston/Troop A radio room in favor of transferring the calls to a different radio room. There was a bit of a to-do about that, as many were upset that they were losing local TCs that knew the area. A local TC gives credence to the “I’m over here on XYZ Rd. near So-and-so’s barn” description, and that TC knows exactly where that person is. It’ll be interesting to see how the three mix, as Dare Co. has its own 800MHz system and I think Tyrell and Hyde are still VHF.
Duda (Email) - 10/27/14 - 09:11

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