Think locally, dispatch regionally.
We've been hammering away in this space for years about local governments working together. So it's heartening to see any evidence the folks in charge are thinking along the same lines.
And that includes the recent news Erie County officials are giving serious consideration to the idea of regional dispatch for public safety agencies.
Local departments and governments need not worry about loss of autonomy. But as emergencies cross political boundaries -- as they so often do, even when the reason is as simple as one department providing mutual aid to another -- doesn't it make sense, in terms of economy and efficiency, for there to be the coordination of resources handling that emergency that a centralized dispatch center could provide?
It could even save lives at the same time it's saving money. It's difficult to see who would lose in this situation.
It's been gratifying to see various projects inch foward, overcoming imagined obstacles thrown up by one entity or another's desire to protect or control turf. We've seen turf concerns have less and less influence in these matters as more people appreciate the idea we're all in this -- whatever "this" is in any given situation -- together.
Let's hope this trend continues as regional dispatch is discussed.