FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Indiana are forming a consortium that would allow one county to take over for another if a disaster wiped out that county’s 911 communication system and could lead to officials one day consider a regional dispatch center.
The Journal Gazette reports that the consortium made up of Whitley, Wells, Noble, DeKalb, LaGrange, Adams, Steuben and Allen counties is the first of its kind in Indiana. Barry Ritter, executive director of the Indiana Enhanced Wireless 911 Board, said he is intrigued by the idea of counties working together in training, purchasing and operating on a single network.
‘‘They are the only organized area in the state, and I’m watching them,’’ he said.
The call for emergency crews to be able to communicate with each other and to update equipment began with a breakdown in communications after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Federal, state and local agencies were operating on different systems and were unable to communicate.
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