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Cities to study joint emergency response center

South County’s three largest cities have agreed to jointly fund a study to determine the feasibility and benefits of combining police, fire-rescue and emergency 911 calls into a single dispatch center.
    Boynton Beach, Boca Raton and Delray Beach have each agreed to pay one-third of the total cost — $18,000 each — to determine whether consolidation of dispatch services would improve service to residents of their three cities as well as reduce costs.
    The six-month study will be conducted by RCC Consultants Inc.  It will be completed in two phases, with needs assessment and evaluation of alternatives in phase one and conceptual design for a new dispatch center in phase two.
    Once the study is complete, a report will be presented to each city with a transition plan and recommendations concerning equipment, staffing, financing and governing.

— Staff report

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