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An emergency dispatcher uses at least two and sometimes three computer screens, layering several software programs over each other to retrieve relevant information and take preliminary reports. Job skills include patience - infinite amounts - an ability to multi-task and considerable technological skills, especially when emergency situations occur. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

State looks at making 911 dispatch a regional operation

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The 911 dispatch center is the lifeblood of emergency operations in Hubbard County, so when Sheriff Frank Homer announced last week the state is funding studies to determine whether it should move toward regional dispatch centers, the concept got a cool reception.

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