NEW 911 CENTER Construction Continues On New Wayne 911 Center
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jan. 23, 2012 5:45 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 24, 2012 9:33 AM EST
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It's only about a hundred yards down the street from the old building, but the new Wayne County 911 center seems a world away in upgrades of space and technology.
Operations supervisor James Cooper says, "We're in a small building now, about 1200 square feet, and just want to have room for the technology that's needed for the future." They'll expand to about 7,000 square feet.
Cooper tells us they want to be even more progressive in the way they communicate with emergency responders and those who call in for help. "Everybody talks about next generation 911 and being able to send texts to centers and that all takes space. It takes bigger computers, more space for operators, because we're going to have to add a few new people in the future and we just had to expand for the future," he says.
The new building uses a lot of "green" materials. It's also extremely safe, with walls wrapped in Kevlar. Cooper says, "We're excited. We just can't wait to get into a new building and be able to utilize the new technology that's available."
Right now, the project is about 40 percent complete. They hope to moved in by August. Cooper says, "It's good for the citizens of Wayne County too because they'll be able to do things that they hear people talk about.
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