During Hurricane Dennis, Thomas County's EOC was cramped into a small room at the county's jail/justice center.
Chris Jones, Director of County Emergency Management, says, "When we set up our center, we have to move things around, bring in a lot of Internet services, phone services, where [as] in the new building over on Remington Avenue, those will be in place when the building is built."
The new facility will be located behind the county's current emergency buildings along Remington Avenue. Funding for the new building comes entirely from the voter-approved SPLOST tax.
The new facility will house Thomas County's EMS, Emergency Management and Fire Rescue.
Jones adds, "We're looking forward to the change. We'll definitely have more room there.
Thomas County officials say the new facility will be more than 17,000 square feet, and will be built to better serve the citizens of Thomas County and Thomasville.
Mel Kelly, Jr., Thomas County EMS Director, says, "It's been a lot of work; a lot of effort has gone into this project. We're very happy to be getting this new facility."
Work on the new facility is already underway. County officials estimate that, barring any setbacks, the emergency center should be complete in a year.
As part of a partnership with the City of Thomasville, the county fire rescue working out of the new center is staffed by city firefighters.