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City will hear a proposal from YCOM on providing service to the fire department in the future

The city of Dundee hopes to hear a proposal from the Yamhill Communications Agency to potentially provide dispatch services for the Dundee Fire Department.

Dundee had previously gone through the Newberg for dispatch services as part of its agreement with the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA). However, Newberg's decision to contract fire services through the Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue resulted in the Newberg area calls being transferred to the WCCCA system. Newberg is in the planning stages to build a 250-foot emergency communications tower, which will meet the WCCCA criteria and be used solely for emergency purposes.

Dundee City Administrator Rob Daykin and Dundee Fire Chief John Stock recently met with Sheriff Tim Svenson and YCOM Director Patti Sauers about upgrades to the YCOM system, how it is administered and to determine if there was interest from YCOM on providing dispatch services.

Daykin said they made a request for a proposal and that "the ball is in their court" in terms of reviewing the volume of calls Dundee has and how those calls are handled. He added that he expects the sheriff's office to take about four weeks to decide if the switch is viable.

Daykin said Dundee dispatch calls are handled through WCCCA currently still, although there is a concern of the long-term viability of that system. He said WCCCA is going through a "significant upgrade" to its radio systems and the current system in Dundee is not compatible with what WCCCA is upgrading to. And to upgrade their own system to be compatible with WCCCA could cost as much as $300,000, Daykin said.

The original expectation for WCCCA to flip the switch on its new system was by the end of 2019, Daykin said, although it's more likely to occur in summer 2020, he said.


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