FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2013
Contact: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346
Union County Dispatch Center Adds Clark EMS Calls
Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that the Union County Regional Dispatch Center has begun handling emergency medical service (EMS) calls for the Township of Clark today.
“The Regional Dispatch Center is an outstanding example of shared county-local services, which provide our municipalities with improved resources while keeping costs under control,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “We are very pleased to welcome Clark to the growing list of municipalities that have taken advantage of this service.”
The Union County Regional Dispatch Center is a state-of-the-art emergency dispatch facility located in the County’s Ralph Froehlich Public Safety Building in Westfield. It opened in October 2012.
The $1.2 million facility replaces the County’s previous operation located at the same site, which housed only two dispatch consoles. The Dispatch Center has nine consoles.
In addition to providing emergency dispatch services for the Union County Police and other countywide first responders, the Regional Dispatch Center serves a growing number of municipalities and other entities in the region. That can include police, fire and 9-1-1 calls as well as EMS.
Currently, the participants include Fanwood, Hillside, Mountainside, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, the Township South Orange, and two paramedic units operated by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway.