Folly Beach votes unanimously to withdraw from 911 service

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - The town of Folly Beach voted unanimously on Tuesday to withdraw from the Charleston County Consolidated 911 service.

Folly Beach wants its own 911 system once again and hope to make the transition in the fall.

Right now, the city pays $300,000 annually to be part of the county consolidated center.

Folly Beach town council member Eddie Ellis says that the town wants to have its own system by midnight Sept. 30. Ellis says the plan is to hire three full time dispatchers and five part timers.

Many people who live on Folly told council that the consolidated center in North Charleston is too slow because many dispatchers aren't familiar with the Folly Beach area.

Copyright WCSC 2011. All rights reserved.