By Jeff Shultz
The management transition at the Garvin County Communications Center is running smooth, according to Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes, whose office was recently put in charge of the center.
Rhodes told the Garvin County Commissioners Monday the center is already dispatching for seven rural fire departments and expects others to come on board soon.
“Right now we are dispatching for the Hennepin, Katie, Maysville, Paoli, Pernell, Walker and Rush Creek Fire Departments and we hope to have Stratford and Wynnewood online shortly,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes added the center is testing the paging systems and radio capabilities before each department is switched over to the 911 Center.
The Garvin County Sheriff’s Office was given control of the 911 Call Center in June when area police chiefs complained to the Garvin County Commissioners that the center was not meeting their dispatching needs.
Rhodes said no police departments were being dispatched yet, but he expected to start law enforcement dispatching in the next couple of months.
“We have the OLETS system in place now, we just need to get one more repeater on line and we have to do complete additional training of the dispatchers before we can start serving the police departments in the county,” he said.
Meanwhile, the search for a new 911 Coordinator continues with applications for the position being taken through the end of this week.
“We’ve had 12 applicants so far. We’ll start interviewing for that job August 9,” Rhodes added.