Southwest Emergency Dispatch Center Launches without a Hitch
Source – Strongsville.org | April 1, 2014
The Southwest Emergency Dispatch Center launched smoothly March 22 when Strongsville and North Royalton merged dispatching operations for police and fire.
The SWEDC, housed in Strongsville, is a high-tech, state-of-the-art system that is poised to become a regional dispatch center for a number of area suburbs.
“We’re able to do this because of the investment Strongsville made in technology,” Mayor Tom Perciak said.
North Royalton became the first member of SWEDC by approving an agreement earlier this year that is expected to save the city $50,000 a year in dispatching costs and provide advanced technology that would otherwise be out of reach.
Officials in both Strongsville and North Royalton said the transition March 22 went off without a hitch.
“Not only was the transition seamless, we are very excited to be in the forefront of providing a new way for the southwest area to dispatch,” said John Bedford, Director of Communication and Technology for the city of Strongsville.
Communities throughout Ohio must combine dispatching operations over the next few years or will lose 911 funding. House Bill 360 says funds – paid in part by 911 fees on consumers’ phone bills – will be given to only four dispatch centers in Cuyahoga County by 2018.
Strongsville, which already had an advanced fiber optic network in place, was able to quickly move ahead with plans for a regional dispatch center.
“I can’t be more proud that Strongsville took a lead in this,” said Mike Gallagher, District 5 Representative to the Cuyahoga County Council.
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