Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Does regionalism work? Consider yesterday's
Times-Dispatch news story headlined, "Region Attracting Emergency Workers."
Mark Bowes reported, "The Richmond area is well on its way to replenishing its supply of critically needed 911 emergency communications officers. The region's four largest 911 centers have been inundated with potential applicants as a first-of-its-kind, multijurisdictional recruitment campaign to fill about three dozen vacancies winds down this month."
Henrico, Chesterfield, and Hanover say their combined recruitment drive has attracted far more applicants than their individual drives formerly generated. Officials also say the quality of the pool has increased. Richmond is participating in the program as well, but because it launched its own search last year the city is less able to assess the impact of the regional approach. The campaign itself features advertisements in diverse media. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced the program in April. Central Virginia could serve as a national model, as 911 centers throughout the country are confronting staffing shortages.
The overall community might have something to learn. This area has a reputation, sometimes justified, for lacking regional cooperation. Perhaps other agencies will want to call 911 to see how to get things done.
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