August 02, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Springfield-Greene County Public Safety Center to Protect and Serve

OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING: 10 A.M., MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

Springfield and Greene County officials and staff will cut the ribbon on a new public safety center at 10 a.m. Aug. 6. U.S. Senator Roy Blunt will be on hand for the event, which takes place at the center, located at 330 W. Scott Street at Boonville.

When fully occupied, the Public Safety Center will house Springfield-Greene County 911 and the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management. The building will also include an Emergency Operations Center, from which more than 70 federal, state and local response agencies may coordinate and sustain 24/7 operations during a disaster event.

The building will also serve as a Multi-Agency Coordination Center for Region D, which covers 18 counties in southwest Missouri. The director for Missouri State Emergency Management Agency has also designated the center as the back-up for the state of Missouri.

The three-story, 56,000 square-foot building is built to withstand an EF-5 tornado (the size and strength of the 2011 Joplin tornado) and utility interruptions, providing secure workspace for emergency responders and state-of-the-art emergency communications technology used during disaster events. The energy-efficient building is designed to obtain LEED certification.

The $19.7 million building is funded by a variety of sources, including:

The Springfield - Greene County Office of Emergency Management is responsible for emergency management issues within the City of Springfield and unincorporated Greene County, and serves the public in each of the four phases of emergency management.

  1. Mitigation:  Lessening the impact of, or potential for, disaster occurrence.
  2. Preparedness: Providing training and drafting disaster plans.
  3. Response:  Coordinating multi-agency response to current and impending disasters.
  4. Recovery:  Providing for the welfare of the community and guiding it to a safer situation than before the disaster.

The Springfield/Greene County 911 Center is the hub of emergency communications throughout both the city and county. Acting as the central base of incoming9-1-1 emergency calls from the public, as well as outgoing communications to personnel in the field, the facility is the true "nerve center," incorporating a cooperative interaction of cutting edge technology and a highly-trained work force. The center provides dispatch for seven municipalpolice departments, 13 fire departments and the sheriff's department.  There are 70 employees.

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For more information, contact Cora Scott at the City of Springfield, 417-864-1009 or Dale Moore at Greene County Office of Emergency Management,417-848-7777.

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Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov