Group named to study potential 911 merger
The Pierce and St. Croix county boards announced Wednesday, in an ongoing effort to collaborate, create efficiencies and improve service, they have engaged PSC Alliance, Inc., of Minneapolis to perform an analysis that will explore the feasibility of merging the now separate 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) operated by each county.
The analysis will consider policy, fiscal and operational matters associated with the delivery of PSAP services. The analysis will compare current approaches to scenarios where call answering and dispatching services are delivering.
The announcement comes as Pierce County officials consider recommendations flowing from a June 2013 study by an Ad Hoc Committee which considered certain issues relating to the jail and existing dispatch center located in Ellsworth. Among the issues explored by that committee were construction of a new jail, remodeling/add-on of the existing facility, closing the county jail, cost estimates, and splitting the jobs of the current jailer/dispatchers into two separate job descriptions/positions and/or potential merging of 9-1-1 PSAP services with neighboring county(s).
In St. Croix County, local officials are currently undertaking a capital improvement project to upgrade the existing 9-1-1 PSAP in Hudson to make better use of space, accommodate additional dispatch work stations, improve work flow, and allow expanded capacity for growth and service demand.
PSC Alliance Inc., specializes in projects serving the public safety community through enhancements in operations, organization, and with a focus on the design, application and use of technology. PSC has performed other PSAP merger feasibility analyses and anticipates having findings for the Pierce/St. Croix project available later in 2013.