Everything retired Sandusky firefighter and current city commissioner Brian Crandall knows about emergency dispatch systems and procedures would fit in a thimble.
And the same goes for Sandusky firefighter-Perkins trustee Jeff Ferrell and a host of other city, township and county officials. You would need just one small thimble for all their combined knowledge and expertise.
An emergency dispatch operation consists of three components: personnel; computer hardware; and computer software. Sandusky fire Chief Mike Meinzer and Perkins fire Chief Rick Myosky have never supervised dispatch personnel; never reviewed or recommended specific dispatch hardware in detail; and lack thorough understanding of the dispatch software options available.
In fact Myosky has had years but never produced fire dispatch protocols or utilized other advanced dispatch options readily available to him through the current dispatch operation in Perkins, an advanced system obtained through the guidance and upon the recommendation of police Chief Tim McClung.
Firefighters in Sandusky and Perkins don’t do dispatch; they are dispatched. The Sandusky Police Department and the Perkins Police Department provide dispatch services to the fire departments at no charge, and the volume of calls the two police departments handle dwarfs all other dispatch services in the county.
McClung and Sandusky police Chief Kim Nuesse are the dispatch experts in the county because they have the experience that counts. So it makes no sense for firefighter Jeff Ferrell and his fellow trustees to gag McClung, or for former firefighter Crandall to try to gag or upend Nuesse.
It made no sense when county commissioner Tom Ferrell excluded McClung and Nuesse from his agenda-driven committee formed last year to review countywide dispatch options. That’s poor leadership.
McClung and Nuesse have been professional, courteous and patient in their attempts to educate leaders and the public about dispatch services. The same is not true for the much-less-knowledgeable naysayers.
Here’s our suggestion for city, township and county leaders: Defer to the two local experts who have the experience and knowledge about emergency dispatch services that matters.