SALT LAKE CITY -- Mayor Ralph Becker, Police Chief Chris Burbank and Fire Chief Kurt Cook recently announced the appointment of Scott Freitag, a Layton city councilman, as director of the newly formed Salt Lake City 911 Bureau.
The bureau combines previously independent city dispatch units into a combined agency that will handle calls for police, fire and emergency medical services. More than 70 employees are staffing the new center on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year schedule and are expected to handle approximately 550,000 calls in the first year.
Freitag will helm the new department following 16 years of service in the Salt Lake City Fire Department, working in a variety of capacities, including as communication director and public information officer.
This summer, the department will move into the new Public Safety Building. The bureau's new home will be equipped with state-of-the-art phone, radio and communication equipment. The newly consolidated agency is now the largest municipal 911 center in Utah and the only one in the state with a triple-accreditation from the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (and one of only seven in the world with that rating.)
Freitag was distinguished for his exemplary service in 2003, when he received the fire department's Medal of Gallantry award for apprehending an arson suspect at the scene of a fire. The suspect was later convicted of aggravated arson and is currently serving a life prison sentence.
Freitag and his wife, Tammy, have four children. He enjoys traveling, motorcycle riding and snow skiing.