Officials to discuss 911 dispatch

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

BERRYVILLE -- At the Carroll County Quorum Court meeting on Friday, Sheriff Bob Grudek, along with representatives from Mercy-St. John's LifeLine and Air Evac helicopter ambulance service teams, will discuss the sheriff's new 911 dispatch system for handling emergencies requiring serious medical attention.

In short, the dispatch calls, which were previously all being routed to Air Evac, are now being split between Air Evac and Mercy's LifeLine service, depending on whom the patient requests and -- in life-threatening situations -- which service has a closer ambulance it can send. Basically, the decision is being left up to the emergency first responders on the scene, Grudek has explained to the Carroll County News. A recent CCN overview of this and other recent changes to the 911 dispatch can be found here.

In addition, Grudek is expected to propose that the 911 dispatch call center be moved from the courthouse to the county jail facility.

"The way the law reads, the county judge has the overall control of 911, but selection of the location and the supervision has to be with the concurrence of the sheriff," Grudek told Carroll County News previously.

County Judge Sam Barr, who presides over the Quorum Court as well as the overall 911 system, said that he could not comment about the proposal at the present time, but he previously told the Carroll County News: "I'm not ready to say anything about it until I understand it better; I just want to do what is best for the people of Carroll County."

In other business Friday, Dave Teigen with the Carroll County Airport Commission is expected to go before the Quorum Court to discuss the need for additional insurance coverage for the airport.

In new business, the court plans to discuss appropriations for road construction and discuss proposed amendments to several ordinances.

In old business, the court will once again take up the issue of whether to spend $18,000 to $20,000 on a comprehensive wage study that would compare salaries of county employees to others in the region.

The study will compare 75 positions in Carroll County with similar positions in the private sector and in other counties.

The proposal for the wage study was defeated the first time it was for up for a vote.

The Quorum Court meets at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20 at the courthouse in Berryville.

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