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New 911 dispatch center opens after months of work

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HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) -

Dispatchers in Hopkins County have moved into their new facility in the basement of the old courthouse. Providing a secure, more efficient, and spacious location to answer all of your 911 calls.

The new $193,000 facility was completed just recently, and dispatchers made the switch from their old location to this one Tuesday.

"It means a lot to me. We had excellent support from our mayor, our county judge executive, and the chief of police. They saw the need. We needed more room. Needed more work stations. So they have allowed this to happen," says Communications Supervisor Randall Orange.

The new facility is triple the size of the old one with more workstations.  As well as, specialized desks allowing the dispatchers to stand up or sit down during their 12-hour shifts.

"There's going to be a lot more room to get up and move around. I like being able to stand up and not sit down the entire time. That's going to be a big help," says dispatcher Emily Carlton.

Officials say the dispatch center is still on the old analog radio system, but plan to switch over to the new digital system in a few short months.

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