Knox County has to rent extra workers earlier than it could take 911 calls once more

Simply weeks after dropping its permission to take 911 calls, Knox County’s emergency dispatch is hiring — hoping it could add and prepare sufficient workers to renew its position as the general public security answering level for the county.

The Knox County Regional Communications Heart closed in early August for lack of workers after working with solely 5 out of the traditional 13 staff since January. Earlier this month, the middle misplaced its permission from the state to take 911 calls and be a public security answering level.

Within the meantime, Knox County emergency calls are being routed to Waldo County Regional Communications Heart. The dispatchers there then ship computerized messages to dispatchers in Knox County who alert emergency responders.