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City dials Kent County for 911 services

March 16, 2016
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Kent County will soon provide 911 dispatch services to another city in the area.

Beginning July 1, 911 calls in Wyoming will be directed to the county's dispatch center.

The county said its board of commissioners approved the agreement last week.

County commissioners are expected to vote later this month on a proposal to add 11 full-time positions and move three part-time jobs to full time to handle the additional workload.

The sheriff's office currently provides fire and police dispatch for all local units of government in the county, with the exception of Grand Rapids and Wyoming.

In 2015, Wyoming reported more than 28,000 police calls and 5,370 fire calls.

Wyoming City Manager Curtis Holt said officials believe the move “will lead to a more integrated and collaborative emergency communication system countywide."

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