Training to respond to acts of violence is a basic function of emergency personnel across the country. On Wednesday, dozens of first responders from the Lansing region gathered at Michigan State University to test their skills in a mass casualty drill.
Ingham County’s new consolidated 911 dispatch center is set to open Wednesday. Its start comes after a brief court-ordered delay at the request of the dispatchers.
Dispatchers had asked an Ingham County judge to block the county center’s opening because they felt their training had been inadequate. The new center uses a telephone touch screen system that displays information about county emergency units and assets. The dispatchers had been trained in Livingston County, and said that information did not give an accurate picture of their duties.