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Response times to emergencies in Haywood County will hopefully get shorter.
Thats because efforts are under way to put the county's communication operations under one roof.
Right now the 911 Center is on the basement floor of the historic courthouse. But the sheriff's office has its separate communications center in its building a few miles away.
At the beginning of this month, sheriff's office dispatchers started working at the 911 Center.
We think it will certainly improve communication make them a little bit easier and we're hoping that sort of segues in to better departmental communications across the board, says Haywood County EMS Director Jim Pressley.
Eventually the plan is to consolidate both operations at the sheriff's office, like it was until the mid-1990s.
By Rex Hodge
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