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February 18, 2009

Daniels visits Logansport

<b>Governor calls combined dispatch an example for others to follow</b>

Gov. Mitch Daniels offered a positive endorsement of the Cass County emergency dispatch center during a visit to Logansport on Tuesday morning.

“It’s a great story,” the governor said before an assembled crowd of around 50 local government officials, combined dispatch administrators and equipment providers.

“You are spreading the gospel in Cass County and Logansport of our need to develop in this area. It is really a great display of leadership.”

Daniels was in Logansport to tout his vision for greater efficiency in local government by highlighting the city and county’s efforts to combine emergency dispatch operations to save money and improve safety.

During a tour of the facility, which opened last month, Daniels spoke with dispatcher Cassi Lane for several minutes on the transition to combined operations and the new dispatch system.

Lane said that she felt the governor left with a strong impression of the work that is going on.

“He liked it and thought it was very well put together,” Lane said.

During a 15-minute address, Daniels said the center provides obvious benefits to the citizens of Cass County.

“It is very, very impressive,” Daniels said. “It is clear that the public are better protected than before and have better protection than most other places. Of all government services that can be re-examined ... 911 is the clearest and easiest for people to see.”

Daniels emphasized improved response times for emergency services using a combined dispatch system.

He cited a tragic incident last year in Hamilton County where the occupants of car that was trapped underwater drowned. Despite calling 911, emergency services were not dispatched to the scene of the accident in time because of transfer times between various dispatch centers in the area.

“That would never happen here,” Daniels said.

The governor added the leadership exhibited by Logansport and Cass County government can be held up as an example for other communities also combining their emergency dispatch services.

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