The Westshore Central Dispatch Center (WCD) sends fire and EMS responders to 9-1-1 and emergency number calls in Bay Village, Fairview Park, Rocky River and Westlake and for mutual aid to other neighboring communities.
The WCD is part of a national trend to coordinate services among neighboring cities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their emergency personnel and equipment.
Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) formally agreed on February 2, 2005, to consolidate the dispatching services in the center. Lakewood and North Olmsted, also members of WCOG, decided not to join the center at that time. Four additional communities operating under the WESHARE paramedic protocols could possibly join at a later time.
On August 25, 2004, the city of Westlake was awarded a grant from Federal Emergency Management Agency in the Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $566,503 to purchase equipment for the center. The center opened with a Ribbon-Cutting and Blessing ceremony on March 29, 2006. Operating costs are shared by the communities whose fire departments are dispatched by the center.