WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) - Many of the police and fire departments in Wood County have started to use the dispatch services at the sheriff's office, but soon, another department will join them.
Starting April 20, all of the North Baltimore Fire and EMS runs will be dispatched from the Wood County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Center.
"We already do about 40-50 percent of all their calls, because all the 911 calls from North Baltimore come to us," said Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn.
But that was causing some confusion, because sometimes the calls were dispatched from the sheriff's office, and other times, through North Baltimore's own dispatch. After a meeting with officials in the city, they agreed that it was most efficient to have dispatch services 100 percent through the sheriff's office.
"We do not charge any of the fire departments in the county, or EMS squads, anything for dispatch, and we do almost all of the fire and EMS squads in the county," Wasylyshyn said.
For smaller departments like North Baltimore's, the technology through the sheriff's office is extremely beneficial.
"We have the latest technology, and we have the ability that when they tell us that if they have a fire in a certain part of their fire district, we automatically know who to send and do multiple dispatching at one time," the sheriff said.
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