TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners is hosting an open house for the new Emergency Communications and Operations Center, a fortified facility made possible by a combination of federal and state grants, as well as local funds.
The open house will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18 at the ECOC building, 425 W. Alfred St., Tavares. Tours of the facility will be available. County commissioners and other officials will attend.
The multi-function, 28,495-square-foot building has a co-located Communications Center, which is a 24/7 911 call center for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Lake Emergency Medical Services, Inc. Twenty-two of the 27 EMS, fire and law-enforcement agencies in Lake County will be dispatched from the building. It also has an Emergency Operations Center and offices for the Lake County Public Safety Department.
Planning for the project began in 2002, ground broke in 2012 and the building was completed this year, on schedule.
“This is going to be the most utilized government building in the county, because the dispatch center operates 24 hours a day,” said John Jolliff, Lake County’s public safety director and fire chief. “We expect the new facility to enable significant long-term savings in operational costs, data storage, leasing space and energy efficiencies.”