WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – A few concerned Warren City 911 dispatchers spoke with city council Thursday regarding the potential merger between the city and Trumbull County dispatching centers.
Warren Safety-Service Enzo Cantalamessa said the meetings have been a way to hear opinions.
“That is what the point of these meetings have been, to lay out the concerns, have them addressed and hopefully be able to work through them,” Cantalamessa said.
He said the merger talks started over money.
“Initially, there was a conversation that started quite frankly from the state of the city’s finances. We needed ways to look to control costs a little better going into next year. One of the items that was identified was this,” Cantalamessa said.
But safety, and not saving money, remains the top priority.
“Before the issue of cost, from a safety standpoint, safety was not compromised in any way, whether it be for the citizens of the city, or whether it be for our officers on the road,” Cantalamessa said.
Warren City dispatcher Sandy Frazeskos said there are more questions than answers.
“When 911 originated, it was Warren city designated and set up as backup. We have four seats there for the capabilities of doing backup. Now, we don’t have answers on who the backup is,” Frazeskos said.
She said the choice of who would be a backup should have been done by now.
“When Warren city hits, it hits, and our phones ring off the hook. Are they going to be able to answer, if the county center goes down? It is not just Warren city. Now you are talking about 47 additional departments,” Frazeskos said.
City council will meet in three weeks to discuss the matter further.