HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – New 911 operators will be hired in Suffolk County after complaints from dispatchers that superstorm Sandy stretched the department to the limits.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

The operators worked many hours of overtime to handle all the calls during the storm.

Deputy County Executive Jon Schneider said Friday that 11 people will be hired or promoted to fill the positions left opened because of those who had retired.

“The 911 emergency dispatch is obviously a critical function which needs to be staffed properly,” Schneider told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall.

Schneider said he believes there was enough staff during the storm and if someone has an emergency today, they should not have any worries about there being a trained professional on the other end of that line.

The 11 people will start at the 911 dispatch center within the next few weeks.

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