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By Lou Marzeles

Emergency dispatch center has unique responsibilities, staff


Lou Marzeles

CONTROLLING EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS: Thanksgiving decorations sit atop a console as Robert Allen looks over Lisa George’s shoulder at her computer station at the county dispatch center.

It’s a somber and uninviting place, the Klickitat County Jail at the Courthouse in Goldendale. Of course it’s not meant to feel like a cozy living room. But into that space day after day for years have gone a few unique people who truly do protect and serve.

Shirley Chapple, Lisa George, and Robert Allen make their way into the first part of the jail in the county’s emergency dispatch center, just past the first heavy doors. They’re the day shift, working 5:20 a.m. to 5:20 p.m., when the night shift comes on to relieve them. Someone is always in the dispatch center. A total of 10 highly trained and experienced personnel work here, with a new hire just coming on. The other seven st...

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