CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A temporary dispatch center will be placed at the Chicopee Fire Department while the city pursues the construction of a centralized center.
The Chicopee City Council approved $55,000 in funding for the temporary dispatch center.
City officials said the money will allow the dispatch equipment to be moved to the fire department from the first floor of the police deparment. The process includes cutting a hole in the roof where the equipment is located, and performing necessary electrical and communications work.
The temporary center will allow operations to continue with out any disruptions while renovations of the new center take place.
“This is step one in the process of providing comprehensive emergency dispatch services for our residents,” said Mayor Richard Kos. “This will bring us into compliance with state 911 standards and will provide cost savings and improve response times.”
Fire Chief Dean Desmarais said the new combined dispatch center will include upgrades of the newest technologies. He said this will allow reduced response time and ensured accuracy.