NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - An open house was held on Thursday for the opening of the shared emergency dispatch center in the New Providence Municipal Center on Elkwood Avenue.

The shared dispatch center will handle all 911 emergency dispatch services for police, fire, and EMS in Summit and New Providence. In addition -- on a fee basis -- the center will also process emergency calls for the Millburn Fire Department.

"Many people ask elected officials about shared services. This new shared dispatch center is a perfect example how three communities: New Providence, Summit, and Millburn, work together for the betterment of their respective communities by pooling resources, and sharing the benefits equally," said New Providence Mayor Al Morgan. "New Providence is proud to house this state-of-the-art facility and is looking forward to working jointly with our partner communities.

"With the new technologies involved and vast resources implemented, all residents in these three communities can be assured that their emergency needs will be handled in an efficient, timely,  and proper manner," Morgan said. "I would like to commend the elected officials, public safety officials and administrative personnel for a job well done."