La Habra Heights to contract with Dow...

La Habra Heights to contract with Downey for fire dispatch services

There are 7 comments on the Whittier Daily News story from Apr 15, 2013, titled La Habra Heights to contract with Downey for fire dispatch services. In it, Whittier Daily News reports that:

LA HABRA HEIGHTS "" In a move city officials say will save lives, the city will contract with the city of Downey to provide dispatch services for the Fire Department.

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#1 Apr 20, 2013
A pity that the council didn’t also contract with Downey to provide city manager services while they were at it.

For that matter, they could have contracted out ALL of our city services. Among other advantages, this would have saved the estimated 2-3 million dollars it will cost to “remodel” city hall.

At the least, we should have contracted out the Avocado Festival to the city of La Habra. They could have easily combined it with their April “Citrus Fair.” Throw in a few avocadoes (and, of course, a LHHIA booth), and most people probably wouldn’t notice the difference anyway.
On second thought

North Hollywood, CA

#2 Apr 21, 2013
The move will "save lives".

Who has died with current dispatch?

Let's see, the current system uses 911 equipment recently purchased, and the dispatchers, who actually work in and know the city, are volunteers.

They want to change that to a system that will cost $60,000 up front, and $40,000 a year.

LHH Fire Dept has about 1 call per day.

When the 911 call goes into Downey, where they field calls from Downey, Compton, Vernon etc, will the dispatchers even know where La Habra Heights is?

Seems like keeping the current system should be given a second look

Long Beach, CA

#3 May 2, 2013
I agree with you ! The department has qualified dispatcher right now. The dispatcher's that volunteer right now are P.O.S.T cerified (police officer standard training) in dispatch also they are EMT-1 so they could give out medical help over the phone which would make them EMD (emegency medical dispatchers). Why go out and spend 40,000 to 60,000 for a department that average a total 911 call 1 or 2 a day, in a year they average 350-500 in a year.

Long Beach, CA

#4 May 2, 2013
where did chief Gordon go ? Did he get tired of doug Graft "BS" ? I was a volunteer with this department under a few past chief's, some where good and some where very bad. Captian Beckman would of been a good choice for fire chief for this department... Everytime a new chief is placed they have new idea's with new problems.This new chief from LAFD is going to drag this department back into to the stone age. Spending more money for a dispatch system 40,000-60,000 each year.

Irvine, CA

#5 Aug 4, 2013
Yes !

La Mirada, CA

#6 Feb 25, 2014
Well blow me down!
Amused Observer

Valley Village, CA

#8 Jul 12, 2014
Fire Department supports it. These guys oppose it.

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