Consolidating dispatch centers
Jay Dornseif, a fire consultant with PDC, who from his own experience with firefighting agencies in North Carolina, said co-location can also be a distinct advantage to agencies when natural disasters hit. centers in North Carolina serve a dual-purpose as emergency operations centers (EOCs) when natural disasters strike.“An EOC can monitor the increase or decrease of events in the comm.Loss of local control, whether real or perceived, (despite the existence of an oversight committee of participating agencies) may be too much for some decision makers to accept.“In the vast majority of cases, there are clear benefits to consolidation,” the CSRIC study states.The emergency communications needs of each agency and the jurisdictions it serves can differ greatly based on a variety of factors.
Though dispatch center consolidation is not a new concept, it is one whose implementation was impeded until more recently due to a lack of requisite technology, Messinger said.
centers to cover multiple jurisdictions, counties, and regions. The FCC formed the CSRIC group to advise it on issues related to the dispatch center consolidation process.