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Fire-Police Dispatch Center In Waukesha County, Wis.

Issue 9 and Volume 132.

Fire-Police Dispatch Center In Waukesha County, Wis. Features After three years of planning, a central dispatch center has been placed in operation to serve both fire and police departments in a section of Waukesha County, Wis. The Lake Area Communications System (LACS) was organized to replace the practice of fire fighters’ wives monitoring fire phones 24 hours a day, police departments handling their phone calls and dispatching in the daytime, and the Waukesha County Sheriffs Department taking over dispatching for local police departments at night. Another consideration in establishing the LACS was a state law that ended the provision of ambulance service by the sheriffs department last Jan. 1. Inasmuch as local fire departments, which had EMTs and proper equipment, then had to provide the ambulance service, it was a natural move for the police chiefs who had first explored the central communications concept to include the area fire departments…

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