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SID turns over dispatching to 9-1-1

Thursday, March 14, 2002

After more than 30 years, the Cherokee Village Suburban Improvement District has shut down its fire/security patrol and turned over its emergency dispatch to Central Dispatch (Sharp County 9-1-1).The action will cause a reduction of four positions, said David Webb, SID general manager."The reduction was made because we have two other entities that can handle that for us," Webb said. "Central Dispatch will handle all our fire-related calls. The city police department will be handling all our security." The general manager said he had met with Police Chief Larry Smith who agreed to take over full responsibility for security patrol in the city. The Cherokee Village Police Department already patrols the city 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Webb said the creation of Central Dispatch has made dispatch in the Village redundant.Central Dispatch took over dispatching for the Village on March 5. "Wouldn't you know it? We had three fires that day," Webb said. "Central Dispatch handled it without a hiccup."The SID had already reduced its fire/security patrol to two officers after the Village incorporated.Webb acknowledged the staff reduction will impact the district's finances, but he said that was not the reason for the action."The commissioners appreciate the high level of dedication that the dispatchers and fire patrol have given to the property owners and the district over the many years," he said.The Cherokee Village Fire Department will continue to function as it always has, Webb said. The department includes 15 paid firefighters and a number of trained volunteers, as well as a chief, Mike Taylor. The department mans four fire stations round the clock, and operates four pumpers, two rescue units, three brush trucks and a rescue boat.Baseheart Station will still be open to register campers and boats, as well as provide information about burning yard waste and answer other fire-related questions.Webb stressed that residents should no longer call 257-3333 or 257-3311 in the event of an emergency."In case of an emergency, especially those which are fire related, please dial 9-1-1," Webb said.

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