News : Brunswick Breaks Ground on 911 Command Center
Brunswick County, NC Nov 24, 2014 -- Work is underway on a new 911 command center at the Brunswick County government complex, and it comes free of cost to county taxpayers, thanks to a grant from the N.C. 911 Board.
The board, part of the N.C. Office of Information Technology Services, collects money from telecommunications service connection fees and then administers grants statewide.
When finished, the new building will free up room for emergency management officials at the county's current facility and build a brand new space for dispatchers.
"The new center will not only accommodate our growth, but will also provide updated equipment which will allow our telecommunicators to serve the community more effectively," Sheriff John Ingram said in news release.
The 7,700-square-foot building will have conference, training and office space. The call center will feature 10 dispatcher stations, with space for growth,
The building will be built closer to the sheriff's office than the current EMS building and is to be outfitted with new equipment and a streamlined command station.
"Since acquiring the 911 center (operations) last year, we have worked diligently to make sure these true first responders felt valued and very much a critical part of our team," Ingram said. "Having them right next door will hopefully reinforce that."
For the county Emergency Services Department, the move also frees up much-needed space, said County Manager Ann Hardy.
"We hope to renovate to improve our emergency operations center, because that is becoming quite crowded," she said.
The building will be constructed by Chancel Builders and MTS Services and is expected to be completed by June.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Brunswick County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 107,431. Its county seat is Bolivia.
Published: Tuesday, November 25, 2014