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Experience Counts. Knowledge Counts: Dispatcher Joe Collins|
2014-03-12 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Adair County Dispatcher Joe Collins was cited at the Adair County Fiscal Court, Tuesday night, March 11, 2014, as the man who is 911. Adair County Fire Chief Mike Glasgow, speaking passionately about improving 911 Services, told the court that Collins knows the county, knows how to guide first responders to their destination, and scolded the court for not adequately paying mature dispatchers enough. CJE Ann Melton and the court agreed to revisit the pay scale for 911 dispatchers. Collins was recently rehired at $9/per hour, far less than the $10.80 he was making in 2005 and far below comparable dispatcher pay in Taylor County. Judge Melton noted that the 911 budget has been hit hard by the reduction in land lines and the failure of the Kentucky legislature to, as yet, enact a bill which would add 911 fees to cell phones, and by the failure of the Adair County EMS, a taxing district to support the service, and most of all of the total absence of financial help from the City of Columbia. "The City contributed $50,000 per year back when the 911 center was in the Adair County Jail," she said, "and now," she said, "they contribute nothing."
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