YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Mahoning County Commissioners approved a resolution Thursday morning, bringing the county one step closer to having a more regionalized 911 dispatch.
The resolution will improve the local computer-aided dispatching system with up-to-date software and training, as well as move employees working in the county’s 911 center to Boardman and Austintown.
Recently, leaders with the two townships and the county sheriff agreed to begin forming a new consolidated dispatching system. It will reduce costs while improving safety.
“We couldn’t do it before because the technology wasn’t there. Now we can give everyone in their cruisers and the fire trucks, the EMD, more information. We can get more information to the dispatchers so they can handle calls on a different level,” said 911 Director Maggie Magee.
Although organizers say the changes could save a half-million dollars a year, it could take another 18 months to fully implement the new system.