South Sound 911 to build public safety communications center
When the citizens of Pierce County voted in support of public safety in November 2011, an interlocal agency called South Sound 911 was formed to provide efficiencies in public safety. The vote authorized a 0.1 percent sales tax increase to fund both the consolidation of six disparate 911 centers and create a reliable, regional emergency communications radio network. To accommodate this integration, a new public safety communications center will be constructed over the next two years.
The new public safety communications center is more than a building. A planning study completed in 2013 helped determine that collocated police and fire communications on a single site would provide the most efficiencies, both in operations and cost. This “hybrid campus” will house both police and fire communications responders who will use the same 911 phone system and the same dispatch system – meaning improved communications, seamless interoperability, and information-sharing – all in an effort to quickly get police, fire or medical aid where it’s needed.
In the coming weeks, South Sound 911 will be evaluating a “preferred” building site at 2119 Mildred St. W. in Fircrest and will be hosting a series of public meetings around the county. South Sound 911 Executive Director Andrew Neiditz will be speaking in County Council District 6 on Wednesday, June 3rd at noon at the Clover Park Rotary meeting held at Carr’s Restaurant & Catering (11006 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood).
For more information about South Sound 911, please visit their website, or for information specific to the new public safety communications center, please visit the project page.