The Grayson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday, Nov. 28, voted to create a board to improve communications between all agencies that use the services of Grayson County E-911 Central Dispatch.

During the Fiscal Court's regular meeting Tuesday, Grayson County Judge-Executive Kevin Henderson and Grayson County Jailer Jason Woosley encouraged the Magistrates to consider approving a board consisting of representatives from local dispatch, police, fire department, and emergency medical services (EMS).

Henderson said the board has no authority to hire or fire employees, nor to make financial decisions for 911; it is merely an effort to improve communications by the numerous law enforcement, firefighting and EMS agencies and personnel organized by Grayson County Central Dispatch.

Woosley, who currently serves as Director of Grayson County Central Dispatch, said his duties to the Grayson County Detention Center often prevent him from giving dispatch the attention it deserves; however, he commended Assistant Director Kim Miller for her efforts coordinating the underfunded staff.

Miller said a 911 Board would be a good place for officials from every agency to come together to communicate their issues.

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Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins added that, in addition to helping officials make decisions easier, a 911 Board would also assist with pre-planning for emergency situations, and more accurately narrowing down what agency is responsible for what emergency.

The proposed members of the board include Clarkson Police Chief Buck Meredith; Leitchfield Police Chief Bryan Langdon; Caneyville Police/Fire Chief Anthony Clark, who, as head of the Grayson County Fire Chiefs organization, will represent the fire departments, as well as Caneyville; Jason Woosley; Kim Miller; Kevin Henderson; Norman Chaffins; and an EMS representative.

According to Woosley, most of these officials came to the 911 directors to request that a board be formed.

Following discussion, the Fiscal Court voted to approve the creation of a 911 Board, consisting of the aforementioned individuals.

On the topic of emergency responders, Henderson also encouraged the Fiscal Court to consider paying half of three of the county's volunteer fire departments' insurance.

Henderson said that, even though all fire departments receive fire dues, some still encounter financial issues and could use assistance. He met with all of the fire departments in the county, but only three said they need financial assistance: the Falls of Rough Volunteer Fire Department, the Anneta Volunteer Fire Department, and the East Grayson County Volunteer Fire Department.

No action was taken Tuesday on this matter.