Sussex County leaders celebrate $12M expansion project at their public safety complex
SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. – County Officials came together to see the final steel beam be put on top of the County’s Emergency Operations Center Tuesday afternoon.
This $12 million expansion project will house 9-1-1 dispatchers, paramedics, and other first responders, right on Rudder Lane, near Georgetown.
“The County has continued to grow, the technology has gotten more advanced with emergency services and we need to keep our paramedics trained and among the best in the country,” John L. Rieley, on 5th district councilman on the Sussex County Council, said.
Seeing an expansion like this is exciting for EMS Director, Robbie Murray, especially because he said a space like this is much needed.
“We’ve outgrown our classroom our simulation labs are pretty small, so this will double the size of our classroom and it will allow us to have five different simulations rooms, so really stye of the art education and training facility,” Robbie Murray, EMS Director, said.
But, the extra space isn’t the only thing county leaders are looking forward to.
“For us to be able to bring all of our public safety agencies under one roof is going to be a huge asset,” Joe Thomas, Director of Emergency Operations, said. “Just that ability to collaborate and coordinate our response is going to be a huge benefit.”
County Councilman John Rieley said this will also allow the County to be more responsive in catastrophic events and keep emergency teams on top.
“The council spends over half of our budget on public safety so it’s the biggest thing we spend money on, so it’s top of mind with us all of the time,” John Rieley said.
This project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The $12 million expansion was paid for by county savings.