Broward County presently lacks a unified 9-1-1 system. In November 2011, the Broward County Consolidated Communications Committee was formed. Knowledgeable public safety professionals, city managers, and elected officials were appointed in collaboration with the Broward County Board of Commissioners, the Broward League of Cities, the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association, the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County, the Broward City/County Management Association, and the Fire-Rescue Services Council.
The recommendation of the Consolidated Communications Committee is to consolidate the 10 current centers into three facilities. There are potential facilities which already exist, eliminating the need for any large capital investments for new centers. Each of these three centers will utilize the same computer and radio systems, resulting in a single, unified emergency 9-1-1 system. The recommended governance structure would have every participating municipality on a governing board, and consolidating the structure and operations will standardize and improve 911 performance throughout all of Broward County.
The next step is to form an Implementation Board, with timeframes for professional site selection, development of performance standards, policies, and proposed budgets and the creation of a stable, predictable and equitable funding stream. Each city and town will have the right to decide to participate or not.
On March 7, 2012, the Committee issued its final report and recommendations. To read the report and/or its back-up materials, use one of the links below:
• Report and Recommendations for Cooperative Consolidation of E-911 Communications In Broward County, Florida – without Appendices
• Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Full Report with All Appendices:
• Volume 1 of 3
• Volume 2 of 3
• Volume 3 of 3