Schenectady County Recognizes the Efforts of Unified Communications Center Dispatchers at Second Annual Awards Ceremony

Schenectady County today recognized County Dispatchers at the Second Annual Communications Award Ceremony held at the Carmen Fire Department in Rotterdam, New York.  Dispatchers recognized include:                                      

  • Shift Awards - Daniel Bouck, Timothy Reilly, Shawn Fyvie, Kim Zeltins, Maeghan Kuder, Heather Pandori, Ben Freedgood, Gene Bekkering, Brian Pomeroy, Brian Pomeroy, Kim Zeltins, Eric Wagner, Jeffrey Cooper, Ben Zayac, Tammy Stankovich, Steve Kuder, Albert Delgiacco, Maeghan Kuder, Laurie Fredricks, Cody Guillaume, Jeff Seeley, Earleen Hyman-Payne, John Courter, Tammy Stankovich, Kevin Spawn
  • Individual Award – Lisa O’Brien
  • Special Appreciation – Mark Storti

“On behalf of Schenectady County and all of our municipal partners, I thank all of our dispatchers and congratulate those being recognized today for their dedication and commitment to ensuring the safety of all of our residents,” said Anthony Jasenski, Chair of the Schenectady County Legislature.

The Schenectady County Unified Communications Center was formed two years ago and consolidated a fragmented emergency communications system into one county-wide dispatch center.  The project was initiated by the Schenectady County Fire Advisory Board who approached the County Legislature with a request to help facilitate the process to a unified call center. The Schenectady County Legislature, working together with our local municipalities, secured more than $1 million in grant funding from New York State to centralize dispatch operations to improve public safety, increase effectiveness of response throughout Schenectady County, and reduce costs. 

The UCC provides call answering and dispatching services for public safety and emergencies entities in the City of Schenectady and the Towns of Niskayuna, Glenville (including the Village of Scotia), Rotterdam, Duanesburg (including the village of Delanson) and Princetown.  Oversight authority is provided by a committee of the elected leaders (or their designee) from each of the towns, the city and county in the areas of operations, budget, staffing, contracts, and cost sharing.  The UCC provides more than $740,000 in annual savings to our Towns and City.

“The process for creating this new, centralized dispatch center was not easy and we appreciate the support and patience of our dispatchers these past two years,” said Chair Jasenski.  “When this process began, there were twenty-five fire departments, seven police agencies, and three EMS agencies using four different and independent dispatch call centers.  By working together with all of our municipal leaders, emergency responders, and dispatchers we’ve created a centralized emergency system that has improved public safety and is saving our taxpayers money.”

 


 

 


 

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