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Missoula 911-Center may get new dispatch system

By Faith Smith, KECI Reporter, fcronin@keci.com
Published On: Mar 31 2013 09:52:44 PM MDT
Missoula 911-Center may get new dispatch system
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Missoula City Council and Missoula County officials are considering spending nearly $700,000 on a new dispatch system.

It's called ‘CAD,’ or "computer aided dispatch” and according to the Department of Homeland Security using the system reduces emergency response time significantly.

How ‘CAD’ works is - it automatically tells dispatchers which emergency resource is the closest to the incident.  Government officials say reduction in response time is critical in saving lives and increasing personnel and vehicle efficiency.

The current proposal says grant money would cover some of the cost and the city would cover the rest; a sum of $700.000.

City council meets to discuss the proposal Monday night and will be take public comment on the issue.

The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. in the city council chambers downtown at 140 W. Pine St.

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