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By Lou Marzeles

Emergency director calls local dispatchers ‘the best’


Lou Marzeles

ON THE JOB: Ed Powell works in his temporary office.

Ed Powell is the county’s new man in charge of disaster.

In the event of a medical, police, or fire emergency, Powell is the person who supervises the staff of Klickitat County’s emergency communications and dispatch system. He’s so new, inquiries by name for him at the Annex 1 building were met with confused looks. After explaining that he is the new emergency management director, the response was, “Oh, upstairs.”

Powell’s nondescript nest in that building is, however, very temporary. The dispatch center, now removed from being a function of the sheriff’s office, is going up near the PUD building, though the structure has yet to be built, or even started.

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