CERUTTI: COUNTY DISPATCH LAGS TOO MUCH

hot-topic rightFair Haven Fire Chief Jim Cerutti is pressing town officials to end an emergency dispatch arrangement with Monmouth County because of what he says are chronic delays in relaying service calls, according to the Asbury Park Press.

One year after starting the arrangement with the county Sheriff’s office, Cerutti says that lags in patching calls through to borough fire and fire aid average three minutes, and some have taken as long as 11 minutes.

“A lot can happen in three minutes,” Cerutti is quoted as saying.

Police Chief Darryl Breckenridge, however, says that there have been “no problems” with delays in the relay of calls to his department.

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FAIR HAVEN DISCONNECTS DISPATCH PLAN

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Police and fire dispatch duties will be shifted to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s office, borough officials said.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Abandoning a plan hatched in controversy, Fair Haven won’t be teaming up with Little Silver to share dispatch services after all, borough officials said Monday night.

Instead, the borough will outsource its emergency call operations to Freehold.

After more than eight months of research and discussion with its neighbor to the south, Fair Haven officials  decided to terminate an agreement entered in March to share dispatch services with Little Silver because the radio technology wasn’t working in Fair Haven. Those issues have since been rectified, Mayor Michael Halfacre said, but the council wasn’t fully satisfied.

“The problems have been resolved, but it’s not the type of dispatch that Fair Haven bought into back in February/March,” Halfacre said. “We’re at a juncture now where we have a decision to make.”

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