Nashoba Publishing, Posted: 03/24/2014 12:36:37 PM EDT
By: Katina Caraganis
DEVENS — In the nearly full year that the Nashoba Valley Regional Dispatch Center has been open on Barnum Road at Devens, its member towns are seeing cost savings they’ve been able to funnel back into their cash-strapped budgets.
The center opened in June and dispatches officers for Devens, Harvard, Lunenburg and Lancaster with a state mandate that required all departments to have two dispatchers on duty at all times to help provide emergency-management dispatch.
Dispatchers also must be trained to give basic instructions to callers dealing with various medical situations. By regionalizing dispatch services, each town was able to meet the mandate without added cost.