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News : Thomas County Approved New 911 Center
Thomasville, GA, USA, May 21, 2015 -- Officials explained that the current 911 dispatch center is half the size of what's needed, and not nearly as technologically advanced. According to city and county it's time for a million dollar change.
With more than 800 calls a day, the 911 dispatch center is considered the life line to the city. Thomas County Commissioners and the Thomasville City Council voted to build a new 911 dispatch center.
"We cannot continue to work where we are. Not just for the safety of the people, but also so that we can accommodate future needs," said Elaine Mays, Thomas County Commissioner.
Dispatchers have been at this location on the 100 block of Crawford St. for more than a decade. They plan to move operations to a lot on the corner of Monroe and Stevens St. less than two miles away.
"You always have to look at number one is it needed. Based on what we have and what we're going to get there is definitely a way to justify that. Anytime you look at spending that kind of money you have to look at what the impact is going to be," Mays said.
Thomasville Police is the number one agency to use the 9-1-1 call center. The city says it’s excited that the county sees a need, and are doing what they can to fill it.
"They're responsible for the services, and so they have to make sure that they're providing those adequate services for those folks they're serving: sheriff police, fire, EMS," said Steve Sykes, Thomasville City Manager.
Commissioners said the new building could be completed as early as the beginning of next year
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Tuesday, May 26, 2015