October 1, 2014 marked the beginning of a new era in Broward County’s Consolidated Dispatch System. Eight public safety answering points (PSAPs) and 29 cities transitioned into 3 regional PSAPs, operating under common call taking and dispatch protocols, and common technology platforms. The new regional PSAPS are in Coconut Creek, Sunrise and Pembroke Pines.
The consolidation realized the will of Broward County voters, who in 2002 approved a charter amendment calling for coordination between Broward County and municipalities to establish a countywide communications infrastructure for fire and emergency medical services, to enable closest unit response for life-threatening emergencies, and support for regional specialty teams.
The Broward County Commission will maintain governance over the regional system, as a unit of county government reporting to the County Administrator. Governance of the system will remain with the County, even if contracted out for operation.