911 center hosts annual open house

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Emergency Services Center to show facility to residents

On April 17, the Barry County Emergency Services building will be hosting an open house from noon to 3 p.m.

Residents can stop by the building, where they will be given a tour of the facilities, and then enjoy cake and refreshments.

The center hosts the event every year in honor of National Telecommunicator Week, which is the second week in April, set aside to honor public safety telecommunicators.

"This gives taxpayers an opportunity to see exactly where their tax money goes to," said Mike Phillips, Barry County Emergency Services director.

"It's a good chance to ask questions, and to thank the dispatchers for working 24/7, even on holidays."

Phillips said residents will get to see the state-of-the-art facility, which is designed to survive the elements, including an EF-5 tornado. The staff will show residents the geothermal system on which the facility runs, and the generators that can back up the building for up to two weeks.

They can meet the dispatchers, and see what happens when a call goes out. Residents may even be able to see their homes on the mapping systems.

"People drive by and not know what happens inside the building," Phillips said. "This allows them to see how it works, and put everything in perspective."

The building is located at 4011 Main St. in Cassville.

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