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Dispatch center work set to start
Thursday, March 31, 2005
By PAMELA H. METAXAS
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Fire Chief Stephen S. Burkott said yesterday construction of a new $285,000 dispatch center replacement is set to begin soon now that firefighters have completed a variety of related preparation work that he said saved the city money.

Burkott also said there will be no interruption of emergency dispatching operations at Fire Headquarters in the Public Safety complex when L.W. Bills of Georgetown, the contractor, begins work.

The center is the hub of operations as personnel dispatch ambulances to medical emergencies, accidents and fires as well as all fire apparatus to fires and a variety of rescues.

Burkott said fire personnel painted and replaced ceiling tiles in the areas over the past several weeks.

"They also changed some fixtures in the bathrooms. The employees are very helpful and are always working to have clean living quarters and maintain the buildings. The work done in the dispatch center area saved the city a considerable amount of money," Burkott said.

"Once the contractor starts, I expect the work will move very fast as they change over the equipment," said the chief.

Built in 1976, the dispatch center has been called antiquated and obsolete by fire officials. Except for some minor upgrades over the years, including 911 installation, there has not been any major work done there since the Public Safety Complex was built in 1976. The complex houses the Police and Fire Departments, garages and bays and a fire apparatus repair facility in the rear of the complex.

There have also been air conditioning and heating problems in the department in various seasons.

Fire officials have been meeting with the contractor to iron out final details. Earlier this year, the Board of Aldermen approved an order from Mayor Richard R. Goyette for a $285,000 appropriation with $151,018 from the One Time Municipal Relief Fund and $133,981.31 from the Undesignated Fund Balance Free Cash.

While the quote received from L.W. Bills of Georgetown is $272,600, the chief asked for the $285,000 appropriation, with excess funds to cover any unanticipated contingencies that exceed the originally quoted.

L.W. Bills is a state bid contractor, and the contract includes the equipment for the dispatch area as well as separate contractors for subcontractors. These are Bay State Rug for the carpeting and B-G Mechanical for the heating and air-conditioning unit - both aspects of the upgrade and replacement in the dispatch area.

At the close of the Fiscal Year 2004 meeting to clear up financial transactions, aldermen rejected the preliminary mayoral order to transfer $100,000 from available Fire Department accounts for the dispatch area because some members had questions about the total costs and plans.

Later, aldermen approved Goyette's second order for a dispatch replacement and upgrade after details of the plans and the necessity of improvements were unveiled to the board.
 

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Chicopee is the second largest city in Western MA and still uses Police and Firefighters to work Dispatch. All others use civilians for one or the other or both. Nice to see the upgrades but I would like to see professional, trained career civilian Dispatchers doing the job and putting the PO's and FF's where they can be of more use.
 
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