The city of Joplin and Jasper County could soon be sharing 911 phone services. The first of three readings heard at last night's Joplin City Council meeting was passed unanimously. The city and county already share their computer system through Fiber Optic Cable. Police Chief Jason Burns tells News Talk KZRG the benefits of the partnership.
"It provides 911 redundancy, and it provides an over all faster response time to our citizens. A lot of 911 calls come in via cell phone, and depending on what tower you're close to is where that call goes. Through this agreement in hooking up with them, this will allow dispatcher at either facility to enter calls for the other."
Burns says the agreement won't cost the city anymore money. The next reading will be during the July 7th council meeting.