- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Burlington’s fire chief says Chittenden County should adopt a regional emergency dispatch system in the wake of the devastating fire at the University of Vermont’s Torrey Hall.

WCAX-TV reports Chief Steven Locke spoke to City Council on Monday about the August blaze. Firefighters were credited with saving the university’s prized plant collection in the historic building. UVM says the fire caused $2.9 million in damage.

Locke says a consolidated system would’ve erased some confusion for dispatchers during the fire and would help emergency services become more efficient in the future.

Some dispatchers have spoken out against moving toward a regional model. Dispatcher Chrisy Lorrain says the city should consider the repercussions of transferring responsibility.

Burlington residents will get a chance to vote on the issue in March.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com


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