While Leon County is grappling with a new EMS program, the 9-1-1-dispatch system in the Rose City is blooming. The process is moving along and now the finishing touches are being put on to the new facility. Administrators hope this will lead to an even more efficient dispatch system in Thomas County.
It's been two years in the making, but it won't be much longer before these dispatchers will be able to move into their new digs on Crawford Street.
"The staff is looking forward to moving over. They've been over to look numerous times, and it appears slow, but it's coming together gradually," says Ann Powell
The old dispatch office is adjacent to the Thomas County Jail and Justice Center. EMS workers say now they will have more room to do their jobs. Currently in the old building, there are three dispatchers on at a time. This new building would allow growth for six dispatchers and four call takers to be on each shift.
With new technology and room for more employees, EMS workers say their new facility will be instrumental in keeping Thomas County emergencies under control. EMS workers say they hope their new home will be open in the next few weeks. The new facility is costing the county an estimated $1.3 million.