Murrysville council approved an agreement tonight for Westmoreland County to take over all incoming calls for emergency and first response services.
By the end of the year, dispatching of fire, police and ambulance services for Murrysville will be done by Westmoreland County 911 emergency dispatchers.
Westmoreland County already dispatches all three Murrysville fire companies and Medic One ambulance service. Murrysville municipal manager Jim Morrison said Dec. 2 would be the turnover date.
Murrysville currently operates its own dispatch center, but had decided to close its in anticipation of the retirements of three of its five dispatchers. Also, the municipality's contract with the dispatchers' bargaining unit expires on December 31.
Mr. Morrison said the agreement with the county completes an effort aimed at improving emergency call services.
As part of the agreement, Murrysville will provide the county with street names and addresses, designated patrol areas, business locations and municipal and utility information.
Tim Means, freelance writer: email@example.com