DEVELOPING: Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County police and fire dispatch centers to merge in 2013

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (NEWS RELEASE) - The City of Chippewa Falls and Chippewa County wish to announce that in 2013, the City of Chippewa Falls emergency dispatch services for police and fire protection services will be consolidated into the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department emergency 911 Dispatch Center. Although this consolidation still requires approval of both the City Council and the County Board in November, there is widespread support of both legislative bodies and it is anticipated that the consolidation will be approved.

This consolidation has been discussed for many years and after a good deal of cooperative meetings between the elected officials and officers of the City and County, the goal of a consolidated dispatch will be coming to fruition in January.

There will be no interruption in services to either the residents of Chippewa Falls or to the other residents of Chippewa County as a result of this consolidation. The City and County have been working diligently to insure that the transition is smooth and that the ultimate goal of consolidation will actually lead to enhanced emergency 911 services. To help insure this goal, the City will have a representative on the 911 Policies and Procedures Board to represent the interests of the citizens of Chippewa Falls.

The City anticipates that by moving its dispatch services to the County, there will be an overall cost savings for the City and the taxpayers of Chippewa Falls. In addition, the County will be receiving a tax levy transfer from the City to help offset the cost of the wages and fringe benefits of the new county employees.

The City and County are pleased to announce this consolidation and the joint efforts of the elected officials and officers of these two municipalities that made it happen. This is an example of how intergovernmental cooperation can lead to more cost effective and improved services for our citizens.

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wisc. (WEAU) - After years of discussion, Chippewa County is inching closer to combining its dispatch center with Chippewa Falls, which could decrease response time in emergencies.

"It'd be a win for the city, for the county, it would be good for the citizens of Chippewa County," Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman said. "I'm very confident that we'll get this accomplished this time."

He said the best possible benefit is not having to make calls between the two, decreasing response time, which could save lives.

"It takes time to contact the county, the county in turn has to contact the police department, or however the configuration is, and everytime someone is contacting someone, you're losing precious time," Hoffman said.

County board supervisor Roger Kressin said another benefit is sharing records.

"It won't have to be transferred from the city to the county, it's just gonna save repetition and make record keeping so much better," Kressin said.

Hoffman said it's not just a cost saving measure, but that the city won't have to upgrade it's own equipment, which could save hundreds of thousands of dollars. He said city dispatchers could move to the county dispatch center and city taxes wouldn't go up.

"I think everyone is ready to move forward and make this happen," Hoffman said.

"I'd like to see it get done. I think it's so much benefit for each, county and the city that it's time to get it done," Kressin said.

Hoffman said the plans will likely be addressed at a meeting on Oct. 2, where a vote is possible, and if all goes as planned, the centers could combine by next summer.


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