Metropolitan Emergency Communications Consortium Receives MORPC's 2019 William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award
The Metropolitan Emergency Communications Consortium (MECC) is the recipient of Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC’s) 2019 William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award.
The William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award is presented annually to individuals or organizations that have achieved an effective effort or innovative collaboration in Central Ohio.
Originally MECC arose from a genuine desire to improve fire and EMS dispatching services and, in effect, to save lives. What started as a collaboration of the fire departments in Mifflin, Jefferson, and Plain townships nearly 20 years ago has grown to include services for an additional 21 fire departments and 13 law enforcement agencies for many government entities in Franklin, Fairfield and Licking counties. It also transitioned to the MECC Regional Council of Governments. The collaboration has allowed the jurisdictions to improve emergency response times using state-of-the-art technology that offers shared, real-time information and access to hundreds of emergency vehicles at once, getting first responders to residents faster, when time is most critical. MECC shares costs, saving taxpayers millions of dollars while providing the opportunity to benefit from the latest in technology, medical direction, and other services.