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9/17/2012 9:10:00 AM
CYFD to consider starting its own dispatch center
Lisa Irish
Special to the Tribune

Central Yavapai Fire District's Board of Directors will consider withdrawing from a central dispatch agreement with area police and fire agencies and starting its own communications/dispatch center at its meeting today.

During the meeting, board members will listen to a presentation about a business plan for an emergency communications center, discuss it and possibly take action.

Also related to the communication/dispatch center plan and on the agenda for review and possible approval are:

• The purchase of an information management system, including a computer-aided dispatch system, using previously budgeted funds and non-budgeted capital reserve funds.

• The purchase of infrastructure/equipment for the communications/dispatch center from non-budgeted capital reserve funds.

• Using personnel contingency funds in the budget for personnel costs for the communication/dispatch center.

During a June 20 special meeting, CYFD Chief Paul Nies said he was concerned about issues with the Prescott Regional Public Safety Communications Center, including computer-aided dispatch infrastructure, liability, the payment structure, and the final decision-making process.

At that meeting, the CYFD board approved a notice of intent not to renew their intergovernmental contract with Prescott Regional Public Safety Communications Center.

The center dispatches for Prescott, Central Yavapai, Chino Valley, Groom Creek, Walker and Williamson Valley fire districts and for Prescott, Prescott Valley and Yavapai College police, Lt. Amy Bonney, the center's director, said. Each agency is billed monthly based on the total amount of calls received.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012
Article comment by: Jim Riley

Elected officials are upside down! I was a fireman on the CYFD in it's conception days for 7 or 8 years. We started with an old Ford one-ton truck with a pump and a tank... We purchased three Howe Fire Trucks, One was 4-wheel drive, one was a water tender, and the other was a regular Fire truck! The Didst, started expanding and the Tax Assessments grew year to year. The Dept, gradually became Arizona's largest Fire Dist. Newer trucks better equipment more firefighters, on and on and on.. Perhaps this was a good things, but now, the Elected Board members no longer seem to be adept to why they are there.. Even several years ago, as I was on the Board of Directors, I ruffled many feathers when I asked how many members ever took time to communicate with the people which elected them.. No matter what branch of Elected Board or Congress or Representative you may represent, most seem to forget quite quickly that they are not there to represent the body they are related too. People are elected to represent the people of the districts, not the entity in which they sit in as Board Members. CYFD has, in my opinion, gone far beyond a Fire Dist, meeting the needs of the commuity into being a Dist which is instilled with being even bigger wanting more and out of touch with the people who being accessed higher and higher taxes to support their "Wish List." A new CYFD command center may sound good, and certainly is being presented as a dire need, but using far less finances, I would think that re-training the personnel and providing for upgrades would be of much more responsibility than spending yet another $1,000,000 to be able to do their own thing. When does it stop and when do they say we've had enough? As for me, by the time CYFD continually raises their Annual budgets, and the school dist, and the library, and the colleges, and so on, I cannot afford to say yes. And I believe it's time that the Personnel of the Fire Dist, are reined in a little and the board starts representing the people who pay the bills, rather than the Wishes of the of CYFD leadership! Thank you... Jim Riley, former Firefighter and Board Member

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