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911 center gets OK to add two to staff

Training coordinator Chris Conley answers calls in the Stafford Emergency Communication Center in April.

Two more people will be answering 911 calls in Stafford County.

The Board of Supervisors authorized adding the positions Tuesday night, after a mid-year budget review presentationof the current fiscal year.

Supervisors considered upping the 32-person staff last April after a plea from director Carol Adams, who described how the already stretched staff had to deal with the increased number of calls coming into the county. (I wrote this story after visiting the center.)

The compromise was that the county would add two positions with adoption of the fiscal 2013 budget, and consider adding another two later in the year. This will bring the total public safety full-time positions up to 343, of 821 total positions in the county.

Adding the two slots comes at a cost of about $100,000. But much of that will be offset by a correction in the distribution of state E911 wireless revenue, about $65,000 annually.