Officials break ground on new emergency operations center

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Shovels will break ground Tuesday morning on a new $27 million emergency operations center in North Charleston.

The new 38,000 square-foot, two-story modern building is expected to open in the spring of 2013. The building will handle the full consolidation of 9-1-1 calls and emergency dispatch for Charleston County and serve as the new site for the county's emergency operations center.

Right now, the Charleston County consolidated 9-1-1 center dispatches for 11 local police and fire departments and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

In 2013, the new 9-1-1 center is expected to consolidated and dispatch for five more agencies, including the Charleston Police Department, Mt. Pleasant, Sullivan's Island, James Island  and Isle of Palms Police Departments.

The building will be able to withstand winds of 191 miles per hour, resist shaking from earthquakes and will be outside the 500-year flood plain.

Back in 2008, the consolidated dispatch center received more than 375,000 911 calls and well over 1 million incident calls with fire, police and EMS.

Tuesday's groundbreaking ceremony will be at 10 a.m. at 8500 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston.

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