Council OKs deal

GLOVERSVILLE – The Common Council on Tuesday approved an “automatic dispatch agreement” between the city and the Johnstown Fire Department to allow both city fire departments to automatically respond to structure fires together.

The Johnstown Common Council reached consensus for approval Monday and will vote on its formal resolution April 21.

Johnstown Fire Chief Bruce Heberer told the Gloversville council Tuesday night at City Hall the agreement will allow a more speedy response to structure fires within the Glove Cities.

“It’s a benefit for both cities,” Heberer said. “It doesn’t really change the operation of the two city fire departments.”

The resolution that passed “allows for expedited assistance for both cities through automatic dispatch, which then allows for safer and more efficient operations for the departments and citizens.” The resolution allows Mayor Dayton King and Fire Chief Beth Whitman-Putnam to execute an agreement with Johnstown.

Under the agreement, the Fulton County 911 dispatch center on Route 29 will dispatch fire units from both cities automatically and simultaneously for structure fires or possible structure fires.

Heberer previously said currently, fire units are dispatched to a scene and then decide whether they need backup help.