Lamar County emergency dispatch center making progress

Lamar County emergency dispatch center making progress

PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - The $1.6 million dollars addition to the Lamar County's Emergency Dispatch Center is expected to be complete and move-in ready by June 2015.

During the Lamar County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday the board approved the transfer of $400,000 to cover construction costs for the county's Emergency Management Agency headquarters in the Industrial Park.

"The expansion is going to be for the 911 dispatch center, so it will be 24/7 7 days a week," said Lamar County Emergency Management Director James Smith. "It will handle all of the 911 calls for the entire county."

Smith said, once complete the dispatch center will be used by the sheriff department, all police departments, and fire departments in Lamar County.

He said construction began in August 2014 because the county had run out of adequate space to make sure that they can accommodate everything that comes through Emergency Services.