Wright, Humboldt counties consider 911 sharing

CLARION – Two counties are looking at the possibility of sharing emergency equipment as a way of saving both counties money.

In late May, both the Wright and Humboldt county boards of supervisors met to discuss the possibility of sharing 911 service.

Though no decision is expected for some time, Wright County Supervisor Rick Rasmussen said it’s something both counties are seriously considering.

“It’s been thought of before, but it’s come up recently because both counties have equipment that needs replacing,” Rasmussen said.

Sharing 911 equipment would likely save both counties thousands of dollars.

“That cost that each county has to spend on equipment is astronomical,” Rasmussen said. “It would be a big plus for both counties money-wise … it could be between $50,000 to $100,000 in savings for each community.”

Discussions have only just started on the possibility of sharing equipment.

“We’re just in the early stages of talking about it,” he said. “We’re getting prices together and seeing what it’s going to run us.”

If a decision is made to share equipment, Rasmussen said all employees in both Wright and Humboldt counties would likely keep their jobs.

“It won’t interrupt services for Humboldt or Wright county,” he said. “You’ll still have the same employees, and it won’t take anybody’s job away.”

If the decision is made to share equipment, Rasmussen said callers won’t notice the difference.

“Humboldt calls will go to Humboldt and Wright calls will go to Wright,” he said. “It’s no different than what we already have other than it’s one piece of equipment for both counties.”

Rasmussen said both counties hope to reach a final decision sometime in the next six months.