9-1-1 callers save time, while Marion County saves money
In an emergency, seconds could make all the difference.
Marion County Commissioners have approved a plan to consolidate the County's emergency dispatch with that of the City's Fire Rescue, saving callers vital time and the county money.
9-1-1 calls coming in from the City of Ocala are answered by Ocala Police. But if it's a medical emergency, the call has to be transferred to the Marion County Sheriff's Emergency Operations Department.
The process could take up to 90 seconds of time.
"Basically it comes down to efficiency, providing a better service for the customer, which are the citizens of Marion County, and then it saves money, so for me it was a no brainer," Marion County Commissioner Kathy Bryant told TV20.
The move would save about $800 thousand dollars year if the City of Ocala Council members give their approval during Tuesday night's meeting.
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