Oldham County (KY) Central Dispatch/911 Center

Submitted by Gerald Nauert

Oldham County (KY) Central Dispatch/911 Center is the sole dispatching center for all responses in a suburb county of Louisville.  Oldham County is 189 square miles in size, has a population of over 66,000, has 6 incorporated cities, nearly 20,000 households, 4 high schools, 4, middle schools, and 9 elementary schools with a total of over 12,000 students.

There is a total of over 167 miles of primary (including a main north/south commuting and vacationing motoring public route) interstate leading into Kentucky’s largest city, (Louisville) secondary, rural secondary, and supplemental state roadways as well as 400 miles of county roads.  There were over 400 accidents on the 18 miles of Interstate 71 in 2018 alone.  The county’s northern edge is bordered by 17 miles of the Ohio River with heavy daily commercial marine traffic, many of the vessels transporting hazardous materials.

There are 3 state correctional institutions housing over 3,300 residents and the county correctional facility with an additional 300 residents.

There are six fire departments, four police departments, an EMS service averaging 5,200 calls a year, the coroner’s office, county and state road departments, Emergency Management, and animal control, public works and water; all dispatched by the Oldham County Dispatch Center

All the above is in the capable hands of and manned by only 10 dispatchers, a supervisor and a director 24/7/365.