Leaders in Iowa county, city dispute 911 protocol

FONDA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa city police chief has been cut off from emergency dispatch communications following a dispute with a county sheriff over the proper response protocol for emergency calls.

Pocahontas County Sheriff Bob Lampe recently issued a memorandum that says employees should not communicate with Fonda Police Chief Alex Leu on radio traffic.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/1cfacr5 ) Leu posted about the situation on the Facebook page for Fonda, a city about 90 miles east of Sioux City. He listed his city-issued cellphone number with the post.

Lampe says Leu is not authorized to respond to emergency medical calls outside of city limits. Leu, who is a state-certified emergency medical technician, disputes that. He says he can often get to a scene quicker than a county deputy.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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