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Randolph to form E911 board

ELKINS — The Randolph County Commission voted unanimously to form a new E911 Advisory Board during its regular meeting Thursday at the James Cain Courthouse Annex.

The new board will be appointed by the county and will have six members, including at least one fire service provider, one law enforcement provider, one emergency medical provider (hospital related), and one emergency services provider. The 911 director will serve as ex officio of the board.

“This is something that was brought up in a recent meeting we had with members of our first responders,” said commission President Mark Scott. “It was something they wanted to see done and I think what it will do is add another layer of advisory of capacity for our system.

“I think just getting everyone together in one place and having a conversation is a plus. Having our 911 director involved, members of law enforcement, and our first responders and hospital involved, will just allow for greater communication and allow more streamline of their operations at the 911 center.”

Each appointment will be for a term of three years and will be made up of volunteers. The board shall adopt any policy, rules or regulations necessary for its own guidance. The board will meet either monthly or quarterly and can make recommendations to the county concerning the operations of the system.

“Having the board should help things run smoother and hopefully open the lines of communication more,” said Cindy Hart, director of the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management. “My hope is that they will see what our challenges are. Then maybe they will have a better understanding of what we are doing.”

Scott agreed that having more entities involved and working together will help solve any problems that may arise.

“Bringing different people to the table with different perspectives is an excellent way to flush out the challenges and work on them,” Scott said.

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