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Carbon approves software to help dispatchers

Published August 27. 2010 05:00PM

Carbon County commissioners on Thursday approved a $43,773 agreement with New World Systems to provide software to be integrated onto computer-aided dispatch for emergency medical dispatching.

"This will help dispatchers in their daily duties, primarily for emergency responses," said commissioners Chairman William O'Gurek.

He explained that instead of thumbing through flip cards to determine how to dispatch aid to a person having chest pains, for example, "this provides a computerized, online version to provide responses to callers, depending on the types of emergencies."

The software is paid for through Act 56 and Act 78, which allow telephone companies to collect up to $1.50 per month per standard telephone line and $1 per month per wireless line on behalf of local 911 centers.

The software, O'Gurek said, "is another way of enhancing our comm center and the capabilities of our dispatchers."

In other matters Thursday, commissioners:

•Approved a request from Dale Freudenberger of the county Chamber of Commerce's Tourism and Accommodations Committee to hang a banner proclaiming September as "Celebrate the Great Outdoors in Carbon County" month at the 903 bridge connecting both sides of Jim Thorpe.

The month will feature a variety of activities, including special hikes and tours. For a complete listing of the activities, access, Freudenberger said.

•Approved the renewal of the current agreement between the county and Guers Dairy, Pottsville, for the sale and delivery of dairy products to the county correctional facility. The agreement will run from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2011. The discount will remain the same. This was the first renewal on an original contract dated Sept. 29, 2009. Commissioners noted that the original contract also included the county nursing home at Weatherwood, which has since been sold.

*Agreed to again seek bids for a number of used vehicles: four 2003 Ford buses; a 2001 Ford bus; a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria; a 1996 Chevrolet 4WD Diesel truck; a 1994 Ford 15-passenger van; and two 1990 Ford Econoline vans.

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