Local Operators Soon Won’t Answer 911

Michael Calhoun

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — Call 9-1-1 in University City, Ellisville or 24 other area cities, and, soon, your call will go to the same operator.

North Central and Central County, two 9-1-1 call centers are planning a merger.

County Chief Operating Officer Garry Earls says a lot of police and fire department are getting together on this, because the County and local police and fire departments are currently building a new radio communications network.

“The Emergency Communications Commission is sponsoring or endorsing these mergers now, so we can save money on the contruction of the new radio system,” Earls said. But he adds, this is not just about saving money, but saving lives: “It doesn’t take much to overload a one-person 9-1-1 system. So, any you get more personnel, the reliability of the answering system gets better.”

That sponsorship for this specific merger is about 300-thousand-dollars.

A similar financial contribution is being made to the merger of Frontenac, Creve Coeur and Town and Country into a single center.

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