The newly formed 911 committee of the Barren County Fiscal Court met for the first time Wednesday afternoon, but after an hour and 45 minutes, the only decision made was that the county committee would like to meet with city representatives.
Present for the meeting were magistrates Carl Dickerson and Billy Houchens, Haywood Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Hatcher and County Attorney Jeff Sharp. Magistrate Tommy Matthews was on vacation, and magistrate Chris Steward was absent. Other county and emergency services representatives who participated in the meeting were Sheriff Chris Eaton, Judge-Executive Davie Greer, Emergency Management Director Tony Richey, Emergency Medical Services Director Mike Swift, Regional Response Manager for Kentucky Emergency Management Gary Fancher, Hiseville Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Jason Blakley and Barren County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Trevor Phillips. Four dispatchers, one from the city police department, one from the city fire department and two EMS, attended the meeting and answered questions as well.
The committee was created after Eaton presented a litany of issues surrounding the 911 dispatch center at the July 10 fiscal court meeting. Eaton’s primary point discussed at the fiscal court meeting was that city emergency calls were allegedly receiving priority over county calls, and in particular volunteer fire department calls. Wednesday’s committee meeting covered a much broader range of complaints about the dispatch center and how it is run by the city and the governing board. Eaton and others insisted that their complaint was not with the dispatchers themselves, but with those in charge of the dispatch center and the fact that the county does not feel like it has any input in 911 decisions.
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