WYTHEVILLE – Last summer, Wythe County’s combined emergency communications center began taking calls for the first time.
According to Wythe County Public Information Officer Jeremy Farley, the project was a join effort between the county and towns of Rural Retreat and Wytheville, made possible by hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding. Consolidating the emergency dispatch centers from all three jurisdictions gave local leaders the opportunity to implement more advanced tools; while at the same time splitting the high costs associated with manning a 24-7 emergency call center.
Nearly a year into the transitioning process, county officials are praising the move and celebrating National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week.
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