ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, April 3 at 2:00 p.m.
for the brand new Regional Emergency Communications Center (RECC),
which will serve Dare, Hyde and Tyrrell counties, and which will double
as the Dare County Emergency Operations Center.
new 18,200 square foot building, which is located at 370 Airport Road
in Manteo, will be home to a new regional public safety facility which
will deliver 911 communication services for the trio of counties, and
which will also serve as the home of the administrative offices for
Dare County Emergency Management and Dare County EMS.
Hyde and Tyrrell are the first three counties in North Carolina to
consolidate emergency 911 communications. Currently, the three
individual counties operate their own individual public safety
answering point (PSAP.)
calls are dispatched from the new facility, 911 staff will be
communicating with over 50 agencies to provide emergency services in
the three county-area which covers approximately 3,400 miles.
county officials report that the average number of calls has been
estimated at 153,000 per year, or one call every 30 seconds. The
overall operation is expected to diminish duplicate data and
redundancies through data sharing, intercommunications, and
standardized training and operating procedures.
new building also provides administrative offices for the Dare County
Emergency Operations Center (EOC), where agencies come together to work
during emergency response and recovery operations, such as hurricanes.
Located across from the North Carolina Aquarium, the new the RECC is
constructed above the 100-year flood plain, which is critical both for
RECC operations during hurricanes and flooding, as well as meeting the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recommendations for emergency
building was constructed on a plot of land donated by the county, which
saved an initial cost during the project. In addition, because
911 communications services were consolidated for the three counties,
the overall project was eligible for grant funding from the state of
North Carolina’s E911 fund, which equaled more than half of the
approximate $14.1 million cost of the project.
is welcome to attend the ceremony, and celebrate the completion of the
RECC project, which has been three years in the making. Following the
ribbon cutting ceremony at 2:00 p.m., the public is free to tour the
building and enjoy light refreshments.