NEWPORT — Beginning this week, the Newport Police Department will handle dispatch operations for the Orleans Fire Department.
The expansion is part of the department’s ongoing effort to enhance its dispatch operation, which was funded in part by more than $284,000 in federal grant money that supported the installation of new equipment and upgrades to its dispatch center.
Newport Police also provide dispatch services for the Irasburg and Newport Fire Departments, as well as Newport Ambulance Service.
“We’re dedicated to providing highly professional and reliable service to every community we work with, and I am confident that citizens who dial 911 will be satisfied with the help our dispatchers provide,” Chief DiSanto said.
Dispatch service hours run Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
During non-dispatch hours, all calls are handled by the VSP’s answering point in Williston.
Citizens dialing 911 for emergency services will not notice any change.
“I continue to be grateful for the Department of Homeland Security, Vermont Department of Public Safety and the U.S. Department of Agriculture for their support in helping us achieve critical upgrades to our dispatching equipment,” Chief DiSanto added.