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May 2, 2012

Grant will fund Derry dispatcher training

DERRY — The fire department will get grant money to update dispatcher training.

The Town Council approved a grant request for money to support professional development dispatcher training under the state's emergency communications grant program.

The money will be used to help the department send dispatch personnel to enhanced training classes.

The grant request is $8,981.07.

At the council meeting April 24, fire Chief George Klauber told officials the money was available and would be important to his department.

He said high quality, current training can be very expensive, given the costs associated with tuition, travel and overtime.

The grant money would allow the Derry Fire Department to send six full-time dispatchers to three training sessions.

Classes available are Crisis Negotiations for Telecommunicators, Active Shooter Incidents for Public Safety Communications, and Disaster Operations and the Communications Center.

Klauber said the money is available from the state on a first-come, first-served basis, and Derry can make good use of the funding to enhance training.

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