PUBLIC SAFETY: Teaneck has become Bergen County’s largest municipality to have the county handle its 911 calls.
The Bergen County Communications Center began handling the emergency calls yesterday after what County Executive Jim Tedesco called a “seamless transition” from Teaneck dispatching.
“This is exactly what the operations center was built for — to give municipalities the opportunity and ability to share services through the county at an affordable price,” Tedesco ( above, left ) said.
This way, he said, “taxpayers can benefit from the savings while maintaining safe and efficient emergency response.”
The addition of Teaneck brings the total number of municipalities handled by county dispatching to 22.
With nearly 40,000 residents, Teaneck currently averages 22,000 emergency 911 calls annually, the county executive said.
The one-year county contract costs just under $30,000 — 75 cents per capita he said.
Headed by Director Frank DelVecchio ( above, middle ), the Public Safety Operations Center in Mahwah “offers many benefits to handling emergency operations within the county,” Tedesco said. “State of the art technology allows responders to send caller information in a fast and organized manner which allows for a more quick and efficient response.”
The center “currently handles nearly 75,000 emergency 911 calls and more than 231,000 total emergency and administrative calls for service each year and is the back up 911 answering point for all municipalities,” he added.