Case Study: METCOM 911, OR
Client since: 1991
Agencies served: 29 (Police, Fire, EMS)
Population served: 315,000
Solutions used: Enterprise CAD, Records, Mobile, Field Reporting, DSS
Square miles served: 1,194
The Marion Area Multi-Agency Emergency Telecommunication Center (METCOM) is located in Woodburn, Oregon. It provides emergency dispatching services to 36 communities located within Marion County and portions of Linn and Clackamas County.
METCOM provides emergency call taking and dispatch services to seven law enforcement agencies, 17 fire districts, two private ambulance districts, Marion County Public Works, Bureau of Land Management, and the US Forest Service for Willamette National and Siuslaw National Forest.
Marion County is the fifth-most populous county within the state of Oregon with more than 315,000 residents over 1,194 square miles. METCOM also provides dispatching services for more than 4,500 square miles of dense forest land.
In keeping this population safe, METCOM uses New World Enterprise Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), Law Enforcement Records Management, Mobile Messaging, and Field Reporting software from Tyler Technologies.
Like many public safety answering points (PSAPs) in the country, the two dispatch centers in Marian County were consolidated into one to form METCOM. At the same time, these dispatch centers were already in the process of upgrading their computer aided dispatch (CAD) software.
This upgrade was a result of a need for a CAD system with modern functionality that could meet the needs of METCOM and improve deficiencies with the current CAD software, which included:
- All routing was done using paper maps, which lacked real-time information and updates
- Inability to make response recommendations for fire emergencies or create response groups
- Mission-critical data from different jurisdictions was difficult to manage and access
Officials with METCOM decided that to better serve the 29 police, fire and EMS agencies it dispatches for, they needed to upgrade their CAD software.
What's great about our CAD system is that it already knows what ladder truck is the closest, which units are available and what stations can respond to any incident. This system can go deep within itself to pull more and more resources out so that any emergency gets the proper response. This prevents us from having to get on the phone and call other agencies and departments when an emergency is taking place.
Director, METCOM 911
In 2011, METCOM upgraded to Tyler's New World Enterprise CAD to meet the needs of the community and improve response times.
This upgrade took METCOM from a DOS-based system with minimal functionality regarding mapping, routing, data and information sharing to a user-friendly, Windows-based technology with embedded Esri mapping technology, which helps dispatchers view available resources for better responses.
By implementing New World Enterprise CAD, METCOM now experiences the following benefits:
- Dispatchers send responses faster with access to robust mapping capabilities
- With automatic vehicle location (AVL) functionality and proximity dispatching capabilities, dispatchers can send a faster and smarter response
- Continuously updated estimated time of arrival (ETA) data helps dispatchers and first responders know where all rescue units are located and when they will arrive on the scene of a call for service
- All addresses are geo-verified, ensuring that what dispatchers see in CAD is the same as what first responders see on the road
- Help gets to where it is needed most when it is needed most
- Built-in fire response plans and preplans help METCOM send a faster response to fire emergencies
- System modifications in CAD can be applied universally within seconds, saving time for dispatchers and helping fire crews route to the scene faster
- The CAD system is capable of making almost unlimited fire response recommendations by drawing from mutual aid and agencies dispatched by METCOM
- Response plans can be matched with incident types and calls for service
- Data is easily accessed, managed and shared
- Multi-jurisdictional data from different agencies and departments is available instantly providing dispatchers with mission-critical information that can be shared with first responders
- Having all data in one location helps increase efficiency among staff and end users
"New World Enterprise CAD is a forward-thinking piece of technology that meets the needs of our agency," METCOM director Gina Audritsh said. "Its flexibility, mapping capabilities, and ease of use help us streamline workflow and processes so that we can send a faster, better response to those in need."