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      Fire department asks for million dollar system upgrade

      Albany Fire Department officials look to improve 911 dispatch center. / From file

      Control over Water Gas & Light wasn't the only topic on the table for Albany City Commissioners on Tuesday.

      Albany Fire Chief, James Carswell, spoke to the commission in hopes of renovating the entire Albany-Dougherty 911 Dispatch Center.

      Carswell says the new equipment will drastically improve work conditions, and overall services, but with a hefty price tag.

      "It's $998,000 dollars, the voters approved 2.85 million for the overall complex, and then again this is the second stage of a three step process that we're looking to complete," said Chief Carswell.

      Among the improvements are more centralized work stations, and the ability for dispatchers to stand while taking calls.

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