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New dispatch center to be built at Lamar EOC

The Lamar County Emergency Operations Center re-located to the county industrial park late last year. The Lamar County Emergency Operations Center re-located to the county industrial park late last year.
PURVIS, MS (WDAM) -

The recently-relocated Lamar County Emergency Operations Center will soon have a new annex, which will house a state-of-the-art dispatch center.

Lamar County Supervisors on Monday approved a contract to construct the facility for $1.1 million.

It will have six dispatch stations and is expected to be in operation by next spring.  

Supervisors had initially estimated the annex could be built for around $600,000.

The EOC moved from its old location on Purvis-Oloh Road to a new, 6-acre site in the county industrial park late last year.  

"We're building it to (specifications) that are like 250 mile an hour winds, because when it comes to public safety and those things, we want the people who are taking care of us and our citizens to be...out of harms way in a new facility," said Chuck Bennett, Lamar County Administrator. 

Last September, the county bought the site for the new EOC from a land development company for $885,000.

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