October 21, 2009 How important is Emergency 911 Central Dispatch service to you?
This is one of those questions most people don't ponder on a daily basis—one of those 'you never know how important it is until you need it' scenarios.
Here's hoping that no one reading this has to answer the question. But we all know dozens of people from around here hit 911 on their phones for a variety of medical, traffic, police and/or family emergencies today and every day this week.
The folks who run Lapeer County E-911 Central Dispatch are telling residents that the current system is obsolete—runs the risk of failure, and is not in step with current technology or the wave of the future.
Emergency dispatch service is too serious to run a risk of failure; too life-saving to be obsolete and regardless of whatever technology comes along the need for such service won't likely become a thing of the past anytime soon.
Find out about it. Voters in Lapeer County will be asked to approve a $16.1 million proposal to update the E-911 Central Dispatch system from analog to digital. You can determine whether you feel it's necessary by attending a Town Hall meeting at the Almont Fire Department on Tubsprings Road at 7 p.m. tonight. Residents are welcome to ask questions and voice concerns.
Another option is available online through a voter resource guide on the E-911 Central Dispatch Proposal compiled by the MSU Extension in Lapeer County. It's available at www.msue.msu.edu/lapeer or at the offices at 287 W. Nepessing St., Suite 1, Lapeer.
The vote is November 3. Regardless of the outcome, the end result will be one that all Lapeer County residents will have to live with for some time to come. Be informed.