Monday, September 20, 2010
Opposition Mounts Against Consolidation of Maine's Public Dispatch Mergers
There is a plan by Maine's Public Utilities Commission to merge the 26 emergency call centers into 17. There are many communities opposed to this plan. The Public Utilities Commission states that the consolidation will save money while the communities cast doubt on that claim and believe the quality of service will diminish. The public safety answering points (PSAPs) would centralize emergency response; however, towns lose the freedom of determining which PSAP they would have to contract with. Read more in the news article "Criticism of dispatch mergers mount", The Kennebec Journal, September 18, 2010.