BURLINGTON, Vt. — Seven towns in Vermont’s Chittenden County are voting on Town Meeting Day whether to form a new regional emergency dispatch center.

WPTZ-TV reports 911 calls now go to six different locations.

Burlington Fire Chief Steven Locke says about 16,000 calls came in last year and transferring them took about 70 seconds on average. Officials say that time could be saved if all came into a central location.

Some dispatchers are concerned.

Kathryn Clark, an emergency communications specialist for Burlington Police and Fire departments, says they are not opposed to a regional center, in general, but she says they haven’t been shown anything better than what they already have.

Information from: WPTZ-TV, http://www.thechamplainchannel.com

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