DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Plans are being finalized to move to a new county-wide dispatch system.
Dayton city officials say this is a much-needed upgrade to its technology; it’s why Wednesday city commissioners declared its intentions to join a Montgomery County council.
The membership will give Dayton a voice when it comes to the operation and management of the county-wide wavelengths.
Montgomery County has been preparing for months to install a shared system that will connect 25 different jurisdictions.
It will also be part of a statewide network.
Each council member will have one vote and each jurisdiction has equal say.
For Dayton, its current system has reached its end, but this new option takes many upgrades into account.
Montgomery County is paying for the costs; cities will be repaying the county over the next seven years.
It’s an investment Dayton officials say is needed.
“The current system has limited functionality when it comes to having this cooperation statewide,” Dayton Fire Department Deputy Chief Paul Sheehan explained. “We don’t have that functionality now so if we do respond to emergencies communication will be lagging it will not be a kind of seamless communication effort.”
Officials say the new county-wide system should save Dayton millions of dollars.