By Dave Hull
April 16, 2009
In the days before the move to centralized dispatch, the dispatchers at KFD did the dispatching for all the fire departments on the island on a 24/7 basis, except for the Pond Reef VFD. That changed in 2004 when NTVFD came on line. While the first person answering a 911 call was, and still is, the KPD dispatcher, once the determination was made that the call was either fire or EMS in nature, the call was immediately transferred to the KFD dispatchers.
During the move to centralized dispatching and the new dispatch center at KPD, KFD dispatchers were constantly needed to continue their dispatching duties deadline after deadline after deadline, and continue to dispatch today. They should not have been left out. I did notice a large bouquet of flowers sitting at the KFD dispatch center from the dispatchers at KPD and AST. That was a nice thing for them to do, recognizing their counterparts at KFD.
Again, my intent here is not to in any way draw away from the great work that KPD and AST dispatchers accomplish every day, or for that matter the great article that was written. I work with these people every day and their professionalism stands out with every contact. They save lives and keep us all safer. I just think that the dispatchers that still man their post at KFD should have been included in the proclamation. Quietly and professional, they continue to fill in when needed.
Dave Hull, Chief
Received April 16, 2009 - Published April 16, 2009
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