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The Saco Public Safety Dispatch Center is a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for all 9-1-1 calls made in Saco, Maine. The center handles numerous seven-digit lines covering the City’s Police, Fire, and Rescue departments, also all fire and rescue calls for the Goodwins Mills Fire Department, which covers the towns of Lyman and Dayton.

Our Dispatch Center was established in 1999 when the separate Police Department dispatchers and the Saco Fire Department dispatchers merged into the dispatch center of the Saco Police Department. We currently have 10 dispatchers on staff. Nine of them work a four-on two-off schedule with one dispatcher working a five-day week as data entry for the Police Department and fills in at dispatch to cover vacancies.

The City of Saco encompasses an area of 61.95 square miles and has a population of about 16,900 people. The population of Goodwins Mills is 3,800 for Lyman, and 1,800 for Dayton.


FREQUENCIES USED IN DISPATCH
Saco Police 155.055
Statewide Car-to-Car 154.695
Saco Fire 154.250
Goodwins Mills Fire 154.250
State Fire 154.310

CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE SACO PUBLIC SAFETY DISPATCH CENTER

Stephen Harding October 1988
Tammy Jo Girard July 1989
Matthew Bors October 1997
Gerard Soulard November 1997
Steven Boucouvalas August 1998
David Gardner May 2000
Amy Kearns July 2000
Arthur Plude August 2001
Scott Nolette September 2001
Mark Peterson September 2001

ABOUT 9-1-1
With enhanced 9-1-1 our dispatchers know immediately from where the call is being made and by which telephone number, and also the person(s) or business listed to the number. This information is provided by the telephone company, so make sure that your name and address are correct on your phone bill.

WHEN TO CALL 9-1-1
9-1-1 calls should only be made when there is an emergency that has just occurred, an emergency in progress, or an incident that requires the immediate response of police, fire, or rescue to the location.