Poughkeepsie…Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus was joined today by fire, police, EMS personnel and others from across the County to break ground on the Dutchess County 911 Emergency Operations Center expansion. The expansion is a key component of more than $10 million dollars in upgrades to the Emergency Response Campus located on Creek Road in the Town of Hyde Park.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “We continue to champion efforts to strengthen our public safety resources in Dutchess County. Our new Emergency Operations Center will provide our local fire, police and emergency response personnel with top quality training facilities. It will also serve as our Command Center for large-scale events and emergencies,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
The facility will feature a state-of-the-art Emergency Command Center (ECC) to coordinate activities in large-scale events such as natural or man-made disasters. The ECC can be activated to serve as the central location for coordination and control of an incident from start to finish.
“Our new Emergency Command Center will have the capacity to efficiently manage major emergencies or events with technology and communication equipment to coordinate agencies at all levels – local, state and federal,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
The Emergency Operations Center will also feature a “Learning Lab” – a tiered training classroom that will provide a lecture type environment with new multi-media systems to allow for distance learning courses. Local fire and EMS personnel will be able to take advantage of federal and state training courses held via satellite feed.
Dutchess County Emergency Response Coordinator John Murphy said, “As both a fire volunteer and as a County employee, I have seen this campus undergo a tremendous transformation since it first became the County’s Fire Training Center in 1972. Thanks to the commitment and vision of County Executive Steinhaus, we are providing modern, first-class facilities to the volunteer and career first responders who work so hard to protect the residents of Dutchess County.”
The new Emergency Operations Center is being built “green”, as part of County Executive Steinhaus’ “Dutchess Goes Green” agenda. County Executive Steinhaus sought more than $770,000 in bond funding to incorporate a geothermal heating and cooling system into the final design of the EOC. Geothermal is a method of heating and cooling a building by taking advantage of the natural stable temperature stored in the earth and reduces the need for traditional fuels. Energy savings for the Emergency Operations Center are estimated to be approximately $80,000 per year. The investment will pay for itself in approximately 7 to 10 years.
Construction will begin this week and is anticipated to take approximately one year. Final completion is slated for December 2008.