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One-two punch gets dramatic action at Fiscal Court

2014-03-12 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Tony Grider left the lead spokesman for Adair County's Fire Chiefs, rose again in support of a passionate, blunt, and persuasive scolding of Fiscal Court for its failure to pay experienced dispatchers salaries commensurate with other 911 dispatchers in the area, and for the need to improve communications. Glasgow told the court that the biggest issue is for 911 dispatchers to know the locations where first responders are needed, and how to direct them to it. The court gave a first reading to dissolve the 3-man 911 board as it is now constituted, with two lawmen and one responder. Tentatively, the plan is to re-establish the board with as many as nine members - four from law enforcement to satisfy NCIC (National Crime Information Center) requirements and four first responder and/or magisterial members. The court members generally agreed with the fire chiefs, but noted the financial constraints they face with reduced land line use tax, and with the withdrawal of support from two of the 911 Centers biggest users, the City of Columbia Police Department and the Adair County Emergency Medical Service. - Ed Waggener
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