The newest technology is a necessity for the county's first responders. When trouble strikes in Wakulla County, these officers are the first to know. It's the only dispatch center in town, acting as a lifeline for emergency responders.
MAJ Maurice Langston of the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office says, “We dispatch road patrol, detectives, ambulance, helicopter service.”
It's no small feat for Wakulla's 11 communications officers, but new state-of-the-art technology is making life easier. The hands-free system called a Digital E-911 is the talk of the department these days.
Pam Langston, E-911 coordinator, says, “It's nice, easy, convenient, everything is in one place.”
There's even adjustable equipment tables and ergonomic chairs allowing comfort and ease for officers working 12-hour shifts, officers like Matthew Kirkland, who loves his new surroundings almost as much as he loves his job.
Matthew says, “It's never boring, you never know what will happen, have to be ready for it. I enjoy that.”
As do the several dozen first responders who are now digitally connected to the 21st century.
The hands-free system has been a two-year project for the Sheriff's Office and carries a $200,000 price tag.