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|William R. Steinhaus, County Executive|
Poughkeepsie…Five Dutchess County E-911 dispatchers and Dispatch Center Operations Director Pat Calamari departed this morning at 4:30 AM for the Broome County 911 Center in Binghamton, New York. These Dutchess County employees are responding to the request submitted through the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control for assistance to the Broome County dispatchers who have been working extensive hours over the past week, because of the severe flooding.
Senior Dispatcher Gary Coon and Dispatchers Phil Thompson, Mark Karn, Sharon Tuttle and Peggy Mulligan are working a 10 to 12 hour shift today to provide the Broome Dispatchers much needed relief.
According to County Executive William R. Steinhaus, “We are pleased to assist Broome County in this crisis situation. Our dispatchers are especially valuable because we have the same computer dispatch software as Broome and thus our people can step in and process calls without any extensive training requirements.”
Brett Chellis, Broome County 911 Center Director said, “The efforts of Dutchess County are greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten. Several of our dispatchers have suffered the loss of their homes and the relief from Dutchess County dispatchers has allowed them to focus on their personal situations. We stand ready to assist Dutchess in their time of need, if that should ever occur.”
Earlier today, Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson received a request from Delaware County for two Correction Officers and two Deputies to assist at their County Jail and with patrols. Sheriff Anderson has placed resources on stand-by for possible deployment on Sunday or Monday for a potential five day period.
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “The flood impact in many New York counties will require massive efforts to return to normal life. We in Dutchess County are prepared to help when and where we are needed. It is also comforting to know that these types of resources will be available should our Dutchess county residents need similar help.”