Denver Post Reports: Jeffco emergency responders prepare for future county crises by combining forces to improve response times.

After years of planning, eight Jefferson County emergency response agencies have come together to adopt a new communications system designed to speed up help to residents and provide immediate backup for local agencies responding to a crisis.

Dispatchers from police departments and fire stations throughout the county will now be housed together in Lakewood as part of one singular entity known as Jeffcom 911.

Preparations for the consolidation began in 2013 after a group of Jefferson County law enforcement officials began brainstorming the possibility of a dispatching system that would save time and money.

By the end of this month, all 911 calls in Jefferson County will be directed to the same location. Officials believe this will foster stronger channels of communication, reduce the risk of dropped calls and potentially save more lives.

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