Thursday, October 06, 2005
I noticed several weeks ago that when the routine Saturday tests were run for the Penn Hills Fire departments that the normal tests were run from the Penn Hill Police station as normal and then the Allegheny County Dispatch Center ran the same set of test. This lead me to believe that the fire department was getting ready to jump ship and take their dispatching needs to the county. Last week this was confirmed when they had a major structure fire during a week day and I noticed that all communications came from the county for the incident. Since that time Saturday tests have also come only from the county.
Well it now looks like the transition is complete. Penn Hills Police are now getting their calls from Allegheny County Center. I do not know at this time if they maintained their dispatch console at the main station on Frankstown Road or not. If they did keep it I don't know if it is still maned on a twenty four seven basis. It does appear though that if you dial 911 in Penn Hills now that your call ends in the City of Pittsburgh at the Allegheny County Main Dispatch Center. If I get additional details I will post them here.