Ask the Mayor

Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2002

What is borough's role in 911 system?

Editor's Note: The following weekly column is designed to help answer residents' questions about the Kenai Peninsula Borough and its government.

Question: What is the borough's role and responsibility for the 911-dispatch center?

Answer: The dispatch center is jointly staffed by state and borough personnel and administered by Alaska State Troopers. The dispatch center takes all 911-phone calls boroughwide and dispatches the fire, law enforcement and emergency medical service providers to the site of the 911 calls. The cities of Kenai, Seward and Homer receive 911 phone calls from troopers and dispatch their own personnel and equipment within their jurisdiction. Troopers dispatch resources for the balance of the borough.

There is a 75-cent charge per month on your phone line and for each cell phone number within the borough's emergency 911 service areas. This surcharge pays for the cost of operation and maintenance of the 911-dispatch center housed at the trooper office in Soldotna.

It also is providing money for a $257,000 capital improvement project to provide for enhanced-911 service.

You may send your questions to:

Mayor Bagley

144 N. Binkley

Soldotna, AK 99669

Fax: (907) 262-8616

E-mail: bdove@borough.kenai.ak

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