The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced that the Union County Regional Dispatch Center has begun handling emergency medical service (EMS) calls for Clark.
“The Regional Dispatch Center is an outstanding example of shared county-local services, which provide our municipalities with improved resources while keeping costs under control,” said Freeholder Chairman Linda Carter. “We are very pleased to welcome Clark to the growing list of municipalities that have taken advantage of this service.”
The Union County Regional Dispatch Center is located in the County’s Ralph Froehlich Public Safety Building in Westfield. It opened in October 2012.
The $1.2 million facility replaces the County’s previous operation located at the same site, which housed only two dispatch consoles. The new dispatch center has nine consoles.
In addition to providing emergency dispatch services for the Union County Police and other countywide first responders, the Regional Dispatch Center serves a growing number of municipalities and other entities in the region including police, fire and 911 calls, as well as EMS.
Currently, the participants include Fanwood, Hillside, Mountainside, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, the Township South Orange, and two paramedic units operated by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway.