Groundbreaking for new 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center
For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Members of the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA) broke ground today on a project to replace the County’s current 9-1-1 dispatch center. Officials representing police, fire and emergency medical responders from across Washington County took part in a brief ceremony to launch construction of the new facility on NE Pinefarm Court in Hillsboro. Speakers included
- Washington County Board Chair Kathryn Harrington,
- Hillsboro City Councilor Beach Pace,
- Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle,
- Forest Grove Fire Chief Michael Kinkade,
- Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine and
- Senior Vice President of Architects Design Group, Susan Gantt.
According to WCCCA Executive Director Kelly Dutra, the new 9-1-1 dispatch center will allow the county’s emergency communications system to meet the growing demand for emergency services, support critical technology upgrades and withstand a major earthquake or other community disaster. “This new facility is a critical component of our overarching emergency telecommunications system. It has been very carefully designed to maintain continuity of operations in the midst of almost any threat, allowing first-responders to react quickly when the community needs us most.”
The estimated $26 million project is funded by property taxes as part of a 2016 voter-approved bond measure, with expected completion in the spring of 2021.
Media Contact:Kelly Dutra, Executive Director, Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency