Salt Lake City's new public safety building is more than a year from its scheduled completion. But when it opens in July 2013, it will house a combined police and fire 911 emergency and dispatch center if Mayor Ralph Becker gets his way.
Right now, the city's police and fire departments have separate dispatch centers.
Combining them as called for in Becker's proposed budget makes sense, according to Police Chief Chris Burbank and Fire Chief Kurt Cook. The pair made that assertion this week during a City Council session. Among other advantages, both said it would smooth coordination between the two agencies during emergencies.