News : County Breaks Ground on New Emergency Services Headquarters
Asheboro, NC, USA, March 9, 2016 -- Local officials officially broke ground on the new EMS Headquarters and 911 Call Center Wednesday at noon. The new facility is being built on county land on New Century Drive between the County Office Building and the Randolph County Jail.
The projected opening date is January 2017.
"The weather has been good," said Randolph County Commission Chair Darrell Frye, standing at the graded land on New Century Drive. "We should be in good shape to finish on schedule."
Will Massie, county finance director, said the county can afford the new center without raising taxes because many other projects have been paid off. The county will take the money used to make payments on retired debt and apply it to this new project, which is seen as an investment in the county’s future.
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A new facility is needed because of overcrowding at the existing 911 Call Center at 152 N. Fayetteville St. in Asheboro. That property is landlocked without options for expansion. Over the years, EMS director Donovan Davis has told commissioners that call volume has continued to increase as new cell phone technology has given just about everyone the opportunity to call in to report emergency situations in an instance.
Once staff move to the new facility, the county will retain the old facility. It will serve as a backup, as mandated by the state. Most of the equipment will remain at the old location. Davis has said in the past that he will basically just lock the door and leave the old center functional in the event of a major catastrophe.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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