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Every second counts in an emergency.

But with nearly 20 resignations dwindling the number of Erie County’s 911 dispatchers since January, emergency response times could be markedly slower, according to the Erie County Department of Public Safety.

A higher salary could change that.

On Nov. 16, Erie County Council unanimously approved a roughly $4,500 pay raise for the county’s 911 telecommunicators, an attempt to boost the recruitment and retention of those who public safety officials call the county’s “first” first responders…