Fire station showcases new emergency operations

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Updated: 7/28/2013 10:34 pm
WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - With the help of a grant, West Point's main fire station now has an emergency operations center featuring brand-new, state-of-the-art equipment.

There are several purposes that come with all the new technology, but most importantly the tools of the trade are in place in the event of a major disaster or crisis that requires multiple agencies -- like the city's fire department, law enforcement and public utilities -- to respond.

"Every station has a computer and a walkie for every emergency agency in the city and county," said West Point Fire Chief Johnny Littlefield.

Officials say a key advantage to having this system in place means it cuts down on the amount of time it takes for multiple agencies to communicate effectively.

"Every emergency service is in one room," adds Littlefield. "We can talk. We don't have to make phone calls; we don't have to get second hand information."

In the event of a major disaster and there is a loss of power, Fire Station One is equipped to make sure all the equipment is up and running regardless of what happens.

"We have a big generator out back that will keep this building going with electricty when everything else is down," said Battalion Chief Ronny Robinson. "We have it where every department head of the city has a place and a computer. We have a spreadsheet so we know exactly what is going on."

In the meantime both firefighters and department heads will be spending time in the new Emergency Operations Center for a good reason.

"Will be training on this for the next couple of months," adds Littlefield. "[We want] to make sure everybody knows how to use it."

Funding for the new emergency operations center was made possible by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.
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