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Central Communications Dispatchers are professionals who are certified in  PST1, NIMS ICS, CPR and Emergency Medical Dispatch.  They are a critical element in the 911 link to Life Saving Services.The Central Communications Division, under the command of Captain R. Mike Warner, employs 35 full and part-time employees who include 1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant, 6 Sergeants, 19 full-time Dispatchers, 1 part-time Dispatchers, and 4 civilian employees.  They provide enhanced 911 telephone service and Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) to assist in efficient dispatching of Police and Fire calls for eleven (11) police agencies and  nine (9) fire departments. 

Central Communications Supervision

Captain R. Mike Warner

Captain R. Mike Warner has spent most of his adult life in public service.  He served in the US Army from 1968 -1971, including overseas tours in Vietnam (2 tours) and Germany (8 mos).  He continued his military service as a member of the Ohio Army Nation Guard from 1978987. Captain Warner has spent 40 years in the fire service, working his way up through the ranks from volunteer fire fighter to Chief in Hambden Township, Ohio before accepting the position of Fire Chief for Concord Township, Lake County, Ohio in 1995, served as President of the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association, 2011-2012, Ohio Fire Chiefs Federal Legislative Liaison for nine years, retiring as Fire Chief in January 2016.   In January 2016, Warner accepted a position with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office as Captain in charge of Central Communications.  Captain Warner has a Degree in Fire Science from Lakeland Community College, attended Columbia Southern University, Certified Public Safety Instructor, 1986, CFSI, 1986, Public Safety Instructor train the trainer, ICS, Planning Section Chief, 2008, Blue Card Certification, 2010, Instructor 2012, OPOTA Bailiff Basic Training, July 2014 and is Graduate of the Ohio Fire Executive Program.  Received Lake County Blue Coats Award, 2006, Hero’s for Andy Award, 2006, Ohio Police Chiefs Award for work starting the Public Safety Alliance, 2012, Chardon High School Hall of Fame, 2005, the State of Ohio Fire Marshall Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award September 2015 and the Ohio VFW Firefighter of the Year award 2015-2016