The Butler County Emergency Communications Center is the primary answering point for 18 emergency response departments throughout Butler County and dispatches more than 50,000 calls for service each year.
Emergency Communications Director Chris Davis and his staff have been working to measure the success of the departments’ responses to calls.
During Tuesday’s Butler County Commission meeting, Davis told the commissioners he feels his department has done well enough to apply for accreditation from the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED).
The NAED is a non-profit standard-setting organization promoting safe and effective emergency dispatch services. Comprised of three allied academies for medical, fire and police dispatching, the NAED supports first-responder related research, unified protocol application, legislation for emergency call center regulation, and strengthening the emergency dispatch community through education, certification and accreditation.
Each section, medical, police and fire, has 20 requirements to be met for accreditation.
“We want to do things the right way for the right reason, to provide the best service,” said Davis. “How do we validate that? The best way to validate it is to have experts from the National Academy come in and evaluate it.”
Davis played a 911 call for the commissioners and then talked about how that call, and others, are evaluated.
He also told the commissioners it would cost around $3,000 to have an evaluation done by NAED and asked for their support.
“What’s the benefit of accreditation?” asked Commissioner Jeff Masterson. “How does that benefit your department and this county?”
Davis replied it would give his employees an additional reason to take pride in their work and validate the money that has been spent on the the communications system.
“The best way to see if we’ve gotten our money’s worth is to have accreditation,” said Davis.
Davis said his department wants to seek medical accreditation now and possibly fire and police at a later time.
He said his department is already doing two of the 20 NAED requirements.
“There are 18 other things we have to do that we are not necessarily doing right now,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
Since this was a work session, the commissioners took no action following the discussion. Davis will continue his evaluation process as well as discussion with the commissioners.
In other business, the commissioners:
• received Aaron Wells of Willis of Greater Kansas to update the commission on the county’s self insurance plan and federal health care reform impacts to the county.
Page 2 of 2 - • approved an easement request from Pony Express Pipeline LLC on county owned rail property west of the City of Augusta and east of Diamond Road. The county will be paid $900.
• made a recommendation to the City of Augusta a proposed conditional use permit for an automotive repair shop on a residential property on Highway 54 west of Augusta would be in conformance to the Butler County Comprehensive Plan.
• discussed an ongoing nuisance complaint from a Butler County resident about his neighbor’s property.
• approved a recommendation for the annual purchase of PPE uniform shirts for the Department of Public Works based upon bids received. The accepted bid was $7,184.
• approved the award of liquid asphalt purchases for the 2013 highway maintenance season.
• held a work session to review proposed road construction and road surfacing projects for the Butler County Capital Improvement Plan.
• received and opened sealed bids for the annual purchase of herbicides for the Noxious Weed Division of the Public Works Department.
• authorized the Director of Facilities Management to obtain bid proposals for the replacement of the roof (North Room) at the Community Building, 206 N. Griffith.
• approved an annual appropriation to the Kansas Governor’s One-Shot Turkey Hunt in the amount of $5,000 for sponsorship of portfolio.