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Littleton City Council Invites Public Input on Fire Dispatch Contract
The Littleton City Council is inviting the public to weigh in on consideration of a contract with South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) for 911 dispatch services. The public hearing will be held during the regular council meeting Tuesday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at 2255 West Berry Avenue.
Littleton Fire Rescue (LFR) provides fire and emergency medical dispatch services to more than 220,000 residents and businesses in Littleton, Highlands Ranch, the Littleton Fire Protection District (parts of Centennial and unincorporated Jefferson County), and the Cunningham Fire Protection District (CFPD). With a $1.6 million annual budget and 10 full-time dispatch employees, the city council is considering contracting with SMFR due to a number of factors including:
- Regional consolidation - SMFR dispatches for 15 jurisdictions plus unincorporated parts of two counties. If the contract is approved, it will have the technical, financial and physical capacity to manage the more than 20,000 annual calls dispatched by LFR. The agreement allows all LFR dispatchers to transition to SMFR.
- High level of service - SMFR was the first Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in Colorado to be recognized as an Accredited Center of Excellence. While 911 callers will not notice a difference in service, contracting with LFR will save the City of Littleton an estimated $217,000 in the first year.
- Partner support – each of the city’s partners in dispatch support the contract. CFPD has notified the city that it will transition to SMFR in 2018.
More details about the proposed contract can be found below:
Those who can’t attend the meeting can sign up to share their thoughts on the contract and future topics by visiting the city’s online engagement portal, www.openlittleton.org.