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Administrative officials from Pierce and St. Croix Counties report that analysis work continues toevaluate the feasibility of merging the now separate 9-1-1 Dispatch Centers operated by each County.
A consulting team from PSC Alliance Inc. (Minneapolis) has been meeting with a steering work group of public safety and administrative officials from the two Counties. The team also took input at twoseparate meetings from public safety officials representing law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, and medical examiner. Demographic and activity data is being assembled and comparisons to other merged and consolidated dispatch centers located in three nearby states are also being compiled.
An online survey is being prepared to collect additional input from law enforcement, fire, EMS anddispatch personnel, as well as local elected officials. PSC Alliance has performed other previous PSAP merger feasibility analyses and anticipates having findings for the Pierce/St. Croix project available later in 2013. Local County Board officials in both Pierce and St. Croix Counties have expressed a desire to better understand the costs, opportunities, and obstacles to a potential dispatch merger to best serve their constituents.
For additional information contact:
Pierce County: JoAnn Miller, Administrative Coordinator, 715-273-6851
St. Croix County: Patrick Thompson, County Administrator, 715-381-4311
PSC Alliance Inc: Jeff Nelson, President, 612-216-1502