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Tiffin’s new dispatch center up in a month

TIFFIN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Tiffin dispatch center has been on its last leg since a storm almost knocked it out of commission earlier this summer, but work began Monday on a brand new center.

The July 10 storms caused multiple power surges and lightning even struck the 911 dispatch center in Tiffin. It knocked out half of the center's capabilities. A month from now, however, a new center will be up and running and the worry will be over.

A week after the July storm, Tiffin city council approved spending $150,000 in emergency funds for the construction of a new dispatch system. After a month of research and finding a company to work with, things are moving forward.

"The de-construction has begun on the old center," said Mayor Aaron Montz. "In less than 30 days, we're going to have our fully re-vamped dispatch center up and running without any of these concerns [like] ‘What happens if the 911 goes down? What if the recorder's lost? What if we lose audio?'"

The current center is over 30 years old. Some repairs can't be made because the necessary parts aren't produced anymore. The center is obsolete. After the storm, the boards can't sound the city's tornado sirens, and only half can send tone to emergency crews.

"We were a power surge, a gust of wind, a rat chewing a hole through a line within losing the entire dispatch center for the City of Tiffin," Montz said.

The new system should be up and operational by the last week of September, and cost a total of $149,000. To Montz, it's a small price to pay for peace of mind and security.

"We all feel so much better, and once this thing is complete, it's going to be great," he said. "We shouldn't have to worry about it for another 15-20 years."

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