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Red River Dispatch Goes Germ Free

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A major upgrade has just finished at the Red River Regional Dispatch Center in Fargo. Last Tuesday they began a complete overall of their dispatch center consoles that were around a decade old.

The new consoles don't just help keep the dispatchers be more comfortable by adjusting to their height for standing or sitting they also provide additional lighting along with their own heating and cooling, but most importantly, they're "germ free."

Installed by a company called Xybix, the work surfaces are made from an anti microbial laminate, which will retard the growth of nearly 99% of common bacteria. Noting that the average desk can contain about 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

This is a concern at the dispatch center because 32 different dispatchers share 8 consoles, rotating between them 24/7 on a variety of different shifts. Meaning that if one dispatcher is sick at work, it's only a matter of time before they'll all get sick.

The dispatch center also installed an airborne germ eliminator at each station, that sucks in air, dust, or mold spoors and filters them through a special UV-C light filter Killing 99% of bacteria.

The old dispatch consoles were salvaged and sent to Cass County Emergency Management and North Dakota State Radio in Bismark for re-use.


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