In July 2011, the former Anderson County E-911 Center experienced a catastrophic failure as a result of a lightning strike.
“Our old 911 center experienced repeated lightning strikes, and in July of last year, one obliterated the center. But then, we moved to a new location and placed state of the art equipment there and it is something that we are all very proud of, “said Anderson County Administrator, Rusty Burns.
Over the last year, Anderson County emergency personnel maintained the legacy center while installing a complete state-of-the-art Unified Emergency Communications Center located near the Anderson County Regional Airport.
“There are several advancements that have been made with the new center. As a result of these advancements, it would be virtually impossible to not receive an emergency call,” said 911 Director Steven McDade.
The new location cost approximately $2.75 million. The funding was made possible through the insurance reserve and is structured so that it will save the county $191,000 annually.
Council Chairman Tom Allen congratulated the Technical Services Division. “Your hard work has resulted in a savings of $191,000 annually. Anderson County now has a state-of-the-art E-911 compliant system that meets the next generation guidelines and has the platform to provide automated emergency vehicle location and tracking to allow faster response time. Because of the Anderson County Unified Emergency Communication Center, the citizens of Anderson County are safer today than ever before.”
All services were relocated to the new location on the evening of Aug. 6 and were completed early the following morning.
Burns said in a press release the transition went smoothly resulting in no loss of services thanks to the Technical Services Personnel that provided the majority of the labor.