American Heart Assoc.

Farmersville emergency services

by | May 28, 2015 | Uncategorized

By Wyndi Veigel

News Editor

[email protected]

 

The future of dispatching for Farmersville emergency services along with other Collin County agencies is underway.

Sheriff Terry Box has given the police agencies across Collin County, including Farmersville PD, that utilize Collin County Dispatch to get off their dispatch system by 2019. Given the nature of how expensive dispatches can be – millions of dollars – a warning was needed.

Other cities affected include Princeton, Celina, Melissa, Anna, Lavon and Josephine, along with Branch, Blue Ridge, Nevada and Westminister Volunteer Fire Departments.

The sheriff has cited costs concerns due to upgrading infrastructure as one of the primary reasons for these actions, Police Chief Mike Sullivan said.

“It’s political football between sheriff and the county commissioners,” Sullivan said. “One’s playing the others.”

After much discussion, the sheriff did let the agencies see the study, which was performed regarding the future of Collin County Dispatch, however, Sullivan said, “It’s basically seven pages of nothing.”

One thing the sheriff has confirmed for area agencies that are looking at forming a regional dispatch is giving them a channel to operate off of within Collin County.

This is an item that is exceptionally important due to increasing costs of building towers, if a channel is not secured.

“If that goes away we are talking towers, microwaves, it’s huge,” Sullivan said.

Police departments are the only ones affected by the sheriff’s ultimatum. Many cities, including Farmersville, are discussing options, including moving their own fire department off Collin County Dispatch.

“I don’t know if we want to continue to let Collin County house our fire department,” Farmersville Mayor Joe Helmberger said.

There are two sides to this coin, Helmberger said, since Collin County currently pays Farmersville FD to take calls in their fire district – about 125 square miles.

“The fire department has the biggest fire district in the county,” Fire Chief Kim Morris said.

Currently, the police department pays the county about $28,000 for dispatching services and the fire department receives $50,000 a year from the county for county run services.

Currently, the agencies across Collin County are investigating potentially forming a regional dispatching system.

All of the cities involved are meeting May 29 in Princeton to discuss regional dispatching opportunities and requirements.

 

 

 

American Heart Assoc.

0 Comments

Related News

House members helped by governor

House members helped by governor

Three Texas House members from Collin County apparently survived Attorney General Ken Paxton’s attempt to punish them for supporting his impeachment. Another has been forced into a GOP primary runoff with two Paxton-backed challengers. Paxton, who was acquitted by the...

read more
Counter measures

Counter measures

If you look at what’s missing from this great land, it’s, a barstool on which to sit, good home cookin’, and a counter on which to eat it. The diners of yesterday need a revival. By John Moore For more stories about the Farmersville community see the...

read more
Early voting begins May 30 for runoff

Early voting begins May 30 for runoff

Runoff election early voting is right around the corner as voters will cast their ballots for two trustee positions on the Collin College board. The runoff election day is Saturday, June 10, with an early voting window that is set to begin Tuesday, May 30, and run...

read more
A little help for our friends

A little help for our friends

Codes of Compassion starts Friday with new focus When the city came up with the idea to take on exterior clean-up projects in the summer of 2020, the focus was to take on one home at a time. The idea, proposed by councilman and Rotarian Terry Williams, was to enlist...

read more
City to celebrate AMD June 10

City to celebrate AMD June 10

For over two decades, Farmersville’s favorite World War II hero, along with veterans and active duty personnel, have been honored in a special day-long community event. The tradition continues this year — Farmersville’s Sesquicentennial year — with the annual Audie...

read more
Election Day Saturday May 6

Election Day Saturday May 6

Residents will have the opportunity to cast ballots for Place 5 on the FISD board of trustees, Place 1 on city council, a special MDD election and Places 1, 2, and 3 on the Collin College Board of Trustees Saturday, May 6. Residents can vote at the Collin College...

read more
Subscribe 300x250 - Love