Bozeman police, firefighter unions vote ‘no confidence’ in Gallatin County 911 services

in Bozeman toot unions made up of firefighters and police officers say they're concerned with how the Gallatin County 911 dispatch center is being run yeah the Bozeman Police Protective Association in the Bozeman firefighters local six one three both sent a letter to the Gallatin County Administrator saying there are issues going on some going back for years the Union say that letter is a vote of no confidence in the 911 center empty hands Cody Boyer is live in the studio right now to explain what this means and how the county is responding Kaitlyn Kevin this is a copy of the seven page no confidence letter that was sent to Gallatin County Administrator Jim door dated last Friday now according to the letter the unions say the dispatch center has ran into problems over a long period of time including concerns with transparency not hiring a permanent director an overall degradation of services when you lose communications that opens up mistakes that could potentially be made and result in injuries or deaths in the surface of saving and protecting lives time and managing that time is key Bozeman police protection agency president Anthony Hutchings says that's how the union's conversation began what we're looking for is the you know hard evidence of why why are we choosing this route we've been taking when it's not working Anthony says the police protective associations and the firefighters local 6/3 teams letter states and notes several key factors including understaffing issues with 911 outdated communication he does say that this is not a new issue the issues that we were experiencing with just inside Bozeman with law enforcement was our radios just weren't getting out and it was a safety risk the letter also states that out of six hundred eleven sirens this year only 129 of those calls met the operation procedure goal of 60 seconds in response time in part of a statement County Administrator Jim door said quote a complaint from a labor union as an issue between that group and its employer and we are not going to get in the middle of that and quote sheriff Brian gute can says while the union's concerns are heard dispatches have been working hard the county is in a unique position where we have to worry and work with everyone in the county that's twenty-two emergency responding agencies we can't just be focused on one or two agencies we have to be focused on everyone he adds while a former Sheriff's Department employee serves as the interim director the center fully cooperates with all agencies he is not in there permanently I've made that crystal clear since day one but for him to inherit and step up and take on that challenge I could not give them enough credit while the unions wait for a response Hutchings says first responders will not falter in doing what they do best there won't be any loss of services from us we're gonna keep doing what we do and provide them the best police and fire services that we can for this community the unions gave the county a deadline of this Friday April 26th to respond back to you all right thanks Cody

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