Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Local News

August 31, 2012

New equipment will help McDowell 911 respond faster

WELCH — New equipment will help McDowell County 911 dispatchers guide rescue squads, fire departments and first responders more quickly to the places where they are needed. The system is among the changes unveiled today at the county 911 center.

New radio upgrades will allow dispatchers to communicate more effectively with first responders and the state’s radio system, said Teresa VanDyke, director of 911 and the county office of emergency services.

Work is also underway to install a mass notification system that will alert the county’s residents about dangers such as a flash flood warning, VanDyke said. This could be ready by the end of the year.

For more on this story and other news, read Saturday’s Daily Telegraph.

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