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Consolidating emergency management

The national standard for how long it takes to answer a call is 15 seconds, 95 percent of the time.

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The city plans to search for sites in either Kearny Mesa or Rancho Bernardo where they would either move into a building of at least 20,000 square feet or construct such a facility, officials said.Saves time and money by replacing the need for Value Engineering.You are buying our promise to construct a quality project on-time, within budget. The founding Miller brothers and current employees own 100% of the company. Drawing on Miller's extensive experience and deep knowledge base, the company helps clients control costs while providing flexibility to accommodate future growth.From concept through completion, Miller's proven Value Design process minimizes our client's risk and ensures projects will be constructable and cost efficient.Our preconstruction expertise, design teamwork and advanced technology give our clients control of up-front decisions that enhance quality, reduce costs and streamline schedules.San Diego firefighters hired since July 2012 receive a 401(k)-style retirement plan instead of a pension, a major hurdle to a formal merger involving San Diego.

In addition, different agencies use different software and equipment and have different procedures and protocols.

Heartland and North County Dispatch, often called “North Comm,” recently explored merging themselves but eventually decided against it.

Hurdles to such mergers can be high, Citygate concluded.

“The communication feed between agencies gets very strained during those times because they’re handling hundreds if not thousands of calls,” he said.

A merged center would also save money by allowing agencies to share in the unusually high costs such facilities face for technology infrastructure and security precautions required since the Sept. Such mergers have been discussed before, but the need is more imminent now that San Diego has grown out of its two-story, 1,563-square-foot facility in Kearny Mesa, Ester said.

“The ability to have that direct contact with your partners in one facility is a huge benefit,” Kevin Ester, interim chief of San Diego’s Fire-Rescue Department, told a City Council committee on Wednesday.