New Texas dispatch system will send fewer fire trucks, firefighters

Only one emergency vehicle will be dispatched instead of two, depending on the nature of the emergency call


By Maggie Ybarra
The El Paso Times

EL PASO, Texas — Fewer firetrucks and firefighters will be dispatched to emergency calls after the Fire Department changes the way it responds to calls, officials said.

Fire Chief Otto Drozd said he plans to institute a new call system, named Priority Dispatch, in six months. The system, which cost about $500,000, has already been purchased by the El Paso County 911 District. The system will help dispatchers send the appropriate amount of manpower to fire and emergency calls, he said.

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