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Consolidated dispatch operations announced


May 31, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska - The City of Ketchikan has announced the start of the new consolidated dispatch operations for Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services. At midnight tonight, May 31, 2007, all emergency services for the City Fire and EMS Services and the North and South Tongass Fire Departments will be dispatched from the Ketchikan Police Department consolidated dispatch center.

Jim Hill Assistant Fire Chief of the Ketchikan Fire Department said, "In the continuing effort to improve emergency services to the community, the City of Ketchikan is implementing combined Fire, EMS and Police dispatch services." He said, "Through a concerted effort by both City Fire and City Police communications personnel, we have increased staffing and training to prepare the combined dispatch center to manage all local Emergency calls. This includes dispatching ALL fire and EMS resources for the community. This transaction is another step in our self-improvement process to meet our community's needs."

Administration for the Ketchikan Fire Department will continue to be located at 319 Main Street and normal business hours will still be Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00. There will be some change to administrative calls due to this transition.

Call the Police Department at 225-6631 to coordinate the following activities: Medical transports, Burn Permits, Explosive Transports, and Explosive Blasting Announcements.

For any emergency, call 911.


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