By Kay Lynn Roberts-McMurray
Ely Staff Writer
The Emergency Communications Center held a Dedication and Open House on Tuesday, May 17th. Over 30 people came out from the community including County Commission Members Gary Perea, Laurie Carson, Carol McKenzie, Richard Howe, Councilman Sam Hanson, and County Commission candidate, Shane Bybee to take a tour of facility.
The EOC Building opened in November of 2011. The building was funded by EMS, Nuclear Waste, Mine proceeds, White Pine County Fire District. and Emergency Management. Most of the equipment in the building was funded by federal grants. The facility houses 3 ambulances, 1 being a rescue ambulance equipped with extrication tools for vehicular accidents and rollovers. There are also 2 Structure engines, one having the ability to hold up to 3,000 gallons of water for major fires. This facility also houses 2 Wild land trucks. These particular trucks are designed to work in conjunction with the BLM when responding to wildfires. The facility maintains a high tech Communications Center that can handle any major disaster within the county. With approximately 800 calls a year, and covering over 9,000 square miles, 124 volunteers and 8 paid staff are continuously working to keep in shape and trained with the most advanced techniques available. The two story facility has sleeping quarters for up to 4 firefighters, a spacious kitchen, training room, and a fitness area to workout. This beautiful facility is the culmination of a great deal of planning and hard work. It makes a magnificent statement about our community.