Lamar County breaks ground for new dispatch wing

The recently-relocated Lamar County Emergency Operations Center will soon have a new dispatch wing. Construction for the facility is now in full swing. Construction workers spent the day drilling and breaking ground for the new system. The EOC moved from its old location on Purvis-to-Oloh Road to a new 6-acre site in the county industrial park in late 2013.

James Smith, director of the Lamar County Emergency Management Agency, says the new facility will be state of the art.

"It's going to be nice," Smith said.

"It can house up to six dispatchers, full-time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so the growth is built there; it's going to be a facility that matches anyone in the State of Mississippi."

The new site is expected to be complete in Spring of 2015, according to Smith.