Clark County breaks ground on new 9-1-1 dispatch center

Clark County held a groundbreaking on Wednesday for their new roughly $5 million 9-1-1 dispatch center.

“This has been a long, long time coming,” Clark County Commission President Melanie Flax Wilt said. “So many people have worked so hard over so many years to get to this point to have this important part of infrastructure here in Clark County.’”

All software for the center will be in accordance with Ohio’s Next Generation 9-1-1 state requirements that call for dispatch services to be more advanced. This means the public will be able to send digital content to dispatchers like GPS locations, audio and video recording, pictures and text messages.

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Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said the center and its new equipment will help to cut anywhere from, “seconds to minutes,” off police, fire and EMS response times.

“We are going to have a state-of-the-art dispatch center,” Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett said. “This is just going to be the greatest thing to ever happen to the county as far as the citizens of this community, for response times, for EMS, law enforcement, it will just be fantastic.”

The center will be located on Home Road in the formed Clark County Department of Job and Family Services Children’s Home. The current 3,800-square-foot facility will be repurposed as an office and training facility while a 3,300-square-foot additional built on a facility designed by Springfield-based McCall Sharp Architecture will house the 9-1-1 dispatch operations.

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