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Ridgefield Police, Fire propose consolidation of dispatching

Ridgefield first responders have proposed merging dispatch units.  During a budget proposal to the Board of Selectmen late last week, the police and fire departments suggested a consolidation, combining both departments’ dispatch efforts and hiring additional help.  A fire dispatcher would join the police dispatcher and each would be trained in the other's field.  Emergency calls for fire or EMS in Ridgefield currently go to the police dispatch center and then is transferred to the fire department.  Each dispatcher then has to get basic caller information in case the call drops.  Fire Chief Jerry Myers added that while dispatchers are on a call, they aren’t able to answer other calls or alert responding units to the situation.

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