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Less than three weeks after it launched on July 1, the Spokane Regional Emergency Communications announced it has hired a new leader to replace outgoing Executive Director Steve Reinke.
Spokane Regional Emergency Communications celebrated its opening on Thursday morning with a press conference and tour of the Combined Communications Building – and with dozens picketing outside.
Spokane City Council unanimously voted to keep its own 911 dispatch separate from a new regionwide dispatch system that will go online next week.
Spokane City Council will likely vote to stay out of a new regionwide emergency communications system – a center many of the other fire departments in the region have agreed to join.
The city of Spokane laid off more than half of its fire dispatchers Tuesday after many of the fire departments it provides services for said they would switch to a new emergency communications center.
After outcry from dispatchers and the city’s firefighters union, the Spokane City Council overode the mayor’s veto and blocked a planned regionwide 911 integration which critics say may not improve public safety.
Spokane Mayor David Condon has vetoed an ordinance that would stop a countywide 911 integration by requiring city dispatchers to only work with city police and firefighters.
City of Spokane dispatchers may not be apart of a new region-wide communications center after City Council required its dispatchers to exclusively work with city public safety employees.