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  • 12 Agencies Share Dispatch System upgrade

    12 fire agencies sharing $1M dispatch system
    February 7th, 2011 @ 11:59am
    By Associated Press
    OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Twelve fire agencies have begun sharing an automated dispatch system that officials say should cut the time it takes to get emergency responders to the scene of a fire.

    Ogden Deputy Fire Chief Chad Tucker tells the Standard-Examiner of Ogden that administrators are working kinks out of the new $1 million system, called First-In.

    Weber Area Dispatch executive director Tina Roylance says the program could save 30 to 40 seconds per call -- and seconds can save lives.

    The old system required dispatchers to scroll through several different computer screens to respond to a call.

    The new system sends out the basics of a call to relevant stations, pagers and radios all at once.

    Area fire chiefs won a $700,000 federal grant to help pay for the new system.
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