California Authority Selects Federal Engineering for Fire, EMS Study
Monday, April 06, 2020 | Comments

The Redwood Empire Dispatch Communications Authority (REDCOM) Joint Powers Authority (JPA) in California awarded Federal Engineering a contract to conduct a feasibility study for fire and EMS dispatch consolidation.

REDCOM provides 9-1-1 call-taking and dispatching for 31 public and private agencies in Sonoma County. In October 2018, REDCOM was approached by representatives from the Marin County (California) Fire Chiefs Association requesting to begin discussions regarding 9-1-1 call-taking and dispatching services by REDCOM including the possible inclusion of an additional 16 fire and EMS agencies operating in Marin County.

The feasibility study will assist in determining the viability for REDCOM to incorporate Marin County Fire and EMS agencies into its service delivery model. Organizational change to be considered will include integrating the Marin agencies into the existing REDCOM JPA and restructuring of the REDCOM JPA. Additional items include physical location/locations of the dispatch center(s), services to be provided, governance, cost structure, staffing models, additional overhead/command-control staffing and technological barriers.”

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