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Gloucester County to Provide 911 Fire & EMS Dispatch Services to Atlantic County Municipality Buena Vista Township will be the Second Municipality from Atlantic County to Share Services in Glo Co

(Woodbury, NJ) - The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders are scheduled to vote on a measure at their Wednesday night meeting to provide 911 Call Taking and Fire and EMS Dispatching services to Buena Vista Township in Atlantic County beginning May 1, 2011.

Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger said that the County's Office of Emergency Response has studied Buena Vista Township's population, their average annual calls and other relevant information to make sure that the shared service could be performed without impacting the delivery of service to Gloucester County residents.

"We will be able to handle all of the 911 call taking and EMS and Fire dispatch for Buena Vista Township without bringing on any additional staff or requiring any other resources. We have been dispatching for Buena Borough in Atlantic County since December and the agreement is working extremely well," said Freeholder Director Damminger. "We are confident this shared services agreement will benefit both Gloucester County taxpayers and Buena Vista Township," Director Damminger stated.

Under the agreement, Buena Vista Township (BVT) will compensate Gloucester County $65,000 annually to dispatch 911 Police/Fire/EMS. This will also yield a cost savings of $10,000 annually to Buena Vista Twp.

Freeholder Giuseppe (Joe) Chila, liaison to the Department of Public Safety said that Buena Vista Township is similar to Monroe Township in area (46.90 square miles), however their population is considerably smaller, only 7500 compared to Monroe's 36000. The average annual number of Fire and EMS calls for Buena Vista is 500.

Gloucester County will be the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for all 911 calls emanating from Buena Vista and will dispatch all fire and Emergency Medical Services. Because Buena Vista Twp. is serviced by the State Police out of the Buena Station, all police related calls and all appropriate calls will be directed to the State Police.

Freeholder Chila said, "Entering into shared service agreements beyond the borders of Gloucester County allows us to deliver the best services to our residents at the lowest possible cost."

"Our first responders in Gloucester County will continue to receive the same level of quality service from our call takers and dispatchers while our service area grows into Atlantic County. Gloucester County's Office of Emergency Response has is known as a leader in New Jersey for their technology, training and professionalism. This is another way to take shared services to the next level," Chila stated.

Chila said that Gloucester County Emergency Response was the first in the State of New Jersey to be a countywide emergency response center (Dispatching all emergency services for all municipalities, Fire, Ambulance and Paramedics). Gloucester County's Police Communications Center began operations on January 5, 2000 dispatching for (8) municipalities, and the Sheriff's Department. Today it dispatches for all 24 municipalities along with Prosecutors Office, SWAT & ERT Teams, and Buena Borough in Atlantic County.