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Governing boards to meet to discuss E-911
from Staff Reports - NEWS
September 6, 2017 -

By John Mott Coffey

Natchez and Adams County governing boards will meet together Thursday to discuss their joint emergency-dispatching system amid complaints about its high costs since it was consolidated last year.

County supervisors and city aldermen have gripped about the amounts of their share of the E-911 system’s expenses. County board President Mike Lazarus they were “to consolidate and save money. This has cost money – a lot.”

The county Board of Supervisors and city Board of Aldermen in 2016 agreed to bring their E-911 dispatchers into one location with a consolidated system intending to quickly summon police, firefighting or ambulance crews when called. This consolidation was in response to complaints about delays in responding to local E-911 calls. Improvements included having city-county dispatchers in one place with someone on the line with callers in distress and another person contacting the proper first responder to get to the scene.

The E-911 system previously had E-911 calls from outside the city going to the Adams County Sheriff's Office. Emergency calls within the city were directed to the Natchez Police Department. Now all distressed calls in Natchez-Adams County are connected to one shift of dispatchers housed at the county emergency management offices at the county sheriff’s building. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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