Londonderry to provide dispatching services to Hampstead
Londonderry Fire Chief Darren O’Brien announced this week that his department has been contracted to provide Hampstead’s dispatching services.
Negotiations between the two fire departments began in October, fire officials said.
“We’re going to absorb the services with our existing personnel,” he told the council, noting that there would be “no major expenses” associated with the new contract.
“If we can do this without additional expenses, that’s great,” Dolan said. “But I’m nervous about the lack of wiggle room we have here.”
According to fire officials, the Hampstead Fire Department receives 800 to 1,000 emergency calls each year, a workload that can be managed with Londonderry’s existing staff.
O’Brien said he’s been in touch with other communities seeking similar services, though the other towns in need have much larger call volumes, more than could be managed with Londonderry’s employee roster.
Dolan told Town Manager Kevin Smith that in the future, such arrangements would best be made earlier in the budget process.
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