When it comes to handling emergencies in Westport and New Canaan, there is a new approach. The Westport Fire Department’s dispatch center will soon team up with New Canaan’s in an effort to reduce emergency response times and improve public safety.
That decision came to light just yesterday at Westport’s R-T-M meeting, described as a way to save money and become more self reliant as a region.
New Canaan’s dispatch center is located on the roof of Bridgeport Hospital, where’s it’s facing an outdated working environment and lacking the equipment and technology to perform its best.
But, over here in Westport: It’s a state of the art system. And by having New Cannan’s dispatch center move to this location, it can utilize technology that normally costs hundreds of thousands of dollars at zero cost.
Under this agreement:
New Canaan will pay for an extra employee to work at Westport’s dispatch center and pay an annual fee to Westport. The first term begins on October 1st when New Cannan will pay Westport $58,500. Each extension period will cost $78,000.
This is the first partnership of its kind in Fairfield County, but not the first in the state. Already we are seeing a successful system like this in Litchfield County, where one center is operated for fire, medical and police dispatch for the entire county.