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The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center iS NOW OPEN AT OR EXPANDED AND renovated 

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Speaker series continues in NCMHC’s new space!

The Newaygo County Museum will continue our popular Speaker Series with Phil Smallingan, Newaygo County Dispatch Director. Phil will present his talk “911-Then What?” as the sixth speaker in our amazing new renovated and expanded space. Please join us at the Museum at 12 Quarterline on Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 pm.

The presentation will cover Newaygo County’s 911 emergency services and what happens when you call.


Newaygo was the second county in Michigan to come online with the new nationwide 911 emergency calling system. By 1993, the 911 center had moved to the jail and hired its first civilian director. Advances continued at a regular pace, with a CAD system and digital recorder in 1996, GIS mapping in 2003, and shared services with Mason-Oceana Counties in 2013. The Newaygo County 911 Dispatch Center is staffed by dedicated professionals who are highly trained to assist the community 24 hours a day. As a communications link between the citizens, visitors, and public safety responders, each call is handled with empathy and respect, and is disseminated to the proper service.


Phil Smalligan has been working at Newaygo County Central Dispatch for over 20

years, serving as Director since March 2020. He is also the Assistant Chief of the

Fremont Fire Department and is the current President of the Newaygo County

Fire Chiefs Association. He is a native of Newaygo County, married and has 2

children and 4 grandchildren.


Please join us at the Museum on Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 pm for this forty-minute presentation, fourth in our new building, of our Heritage Speaker series, which will be followed by a time of questions and answers. The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center is at 12 Quarterline in downtown Newaygo. Doors are scheduled to open at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.

 Donations are matched at 50 percent by the Fremont Area Community Foundation, which provides core operational support for the organization.

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