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Central Dispatch To Upgrade Equipment If Millage Passes
Tuesday May 08, 2018 1:31pm
Centreville, MI

By: Mike Stiles


(CENTREVILLE) – Updates need to be done to the equipment for St. Joseph County Central Dispatch.

That is the main reason they are asking for an increase in their millage on Tuesday. Central Dispatch is still running on their original millage amount of .75 mills that was approved in 1990.

By updating the equipment at the 911 Center along with the equipment used in the field, Central Dispatch Executive Director Dennis Brandenburg says this will help communication between Central Dispatch and personnel in the field. Brandenburg says it must be quick to ensure that emergency services get to where they need to be and if they need assistance.

Upgrades to the equipment will also allow St. Joseph County emergency personnel to communicate with their counterparts in the surrounding Michigan and Indiana counties.

Brandenburg says if the millage is approved it would not be an overnight change to the new equipment. He said it would take 18 to 24 months to switch over to the new radio system. That means they would have to maintain the current system, which the vendor can do if they can still find parts.

Brandenburg is asking for the millage to be increased from .75 mills to 1 mill.

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