Idaho County Hears More About North Central Idaho 911 Network Upgrade
GRANGEVILLE – 911 dispatchers around Idaho are disappearing, due to a labor shortage, and the pay isn't all it cracked out to be either.
In Adams County,dispatchers start at $14.97 and in Idaho County it's even lower - with newbies only getting paid $12.45 an hour.
However, Idaho County Commission heard a cost estimate for a potential game-changing improvement to emergency dispatch centers across North Central Idaho. On July 9, the commission received a report outlining a rough, worst-case estimate that it could cost almost $40 million to build out new fiber optic internet lines between 911 dispatch centers in Idaho, Clearwater, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce counties. It’s championed by emergency communication managers who represent counties across North Central Idaho, and who say the new fiber lines would support 911 service upgrades and improve the reliability of the existing 911 system..