Tallahassee, FL - An informational site tour of the new Public Safety Complex in Tallahassee was given to city and county officials today. Leon County Commissioner, Kristin Dozier says "the joint dispatch building is state of the art, unlike anything in the southeast, a facility where we can coordinate EMS, fire, traffic control, and our emergency services."
Although the concept for the complex started years ago, the project actually became a reality in October 2011 and should be finished this spring. Construction Program Manager, Carl Morgan says "96 percent of the value, contract value of this construction went back into the local community. We've tried diligently from day one in the design process and in the construction to ensure involvement of local contractors, local trades and local people."
The public safety complex was built to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) 3-61 standards for tornado shelter requirements. Morgan states "all the windows in the complex are designed to resist the impact of a 15 foot 2 by 4 traveling 100 miles an hour without penetrating the window, again to protect the individuals inside the building."
Having all of the emergency services working together under one roof will allow for faster response times and will improve safety for the community. It is also conveniently located next to the Red Cross. Dozier says "not just in the event of disasters and storms and things like that but on a day to day basis when our fire trucks are trying to reach the burning homes, EMS is trying to get to someone in need, this is going to help improve those services."
The new Public Safety Complex is located at 911 Easterwood Drive. The goal is to have the complex completed in the next 2 to 3 months and have the building occupied between June and August of 2013.