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Regional dispatch center could improve response times

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At the Lake Township Dispatch Center At the Lake Township Dispatch Center
LAKE TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Northern Wood County police departments say they want to work together to make emergency response times faster.

Their plan is to create one dispatch center for northern Wood County. It would dispatch officers and several fire departments to six different cities and villages.

Each day, 75-100 calls come in to the Lake Township Dispatch. One person manages the workload, but they are duplicating services happening at another station only a mile away in Northwood.

"We all work together now," said Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer. "Criminals don't know boundaries. We really don't know boundaries anymore."

Lake Township already contracts with Rossford Police and Fire, and Walbridge, for services. Chief Hummer says creating one regional dispatch center makes sense.

"One dispatch center, sharing that information with all of us, would facilitate better flow of information with the officers on the street," he said.

Diane Vancena is in favor of the combined dispatch center. Her son died in 2006, and she says if police were able to commute quicker, her son might still be alive.

"Time matters in emergencies," she said.

Chief Hummer says if he knows where everyone is, they can assist in emergencies quicker.

A consultant is currently examining how feasible the regional dispatch center is, and will release a report in late July.

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