Emergency Operations Center to expand

March 19th, 2009    Author: Marsha Mundy    Filed Under: News

The Clermont County Emergency Operations Center located 2279 Clermont Center Drive, in Batavia, will more than double in size with a planned expansion of their facility. The project will increase the current 7,800 square foot an additional 8,000 square feet and will be a two-story building.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday, March 16 and Clermont County Board of Commissioners President Ed Humphrey welcomed all those in attendance and introduced State Senator Tom Niehaus.

“Today is good day for us,” said Niehaus. “Because this marks the day when we see our tax dollars coming back to Clermont County to provide safety services to all of us here in Clermont County. I believe there is about $800,000 in this project from state funds.”

"This is a community project funded in part with state dollars coming back to build this project within the community," said State Senator Tom Niehaus. "Danny Bubp and I were glad to work on the project over the past four years, two budget cycles, of which we booked $400,000 in each cycle to help fund this building. We're glad to be here and take part in the good things happening in Clermont County."

"As the senator already pointed out we are very happy and pleased to be part of the process," said State Representative Joe Uecker. "We hope that these dollars will be appreciated by the residents and we appreciate being able to bring this to our residents."

"The underground EOC will give us more flexibility when we are involved in emergency situations," said Ed Humphrey, Clermont County Commissioner president. "Currently, when we are involved in these types of situations, it is difficult to assemble all the agencies needed to manage the emergency response in the space that is shared with the 9-1-1 communications center."

The project will cost $1.76 million and funding for the project comes from the county, state and the Ohio Emergency Management System. The architect for the project is Michael Schuster Associates, of Cincinnati and the general contractor is Valor Construction, of Amelia. The project is expected to be completed in February 2010.

"Relocating the EOC to the underground level will open up meeting space next to the 9-1-1 communications center in the current facility and will provide office space for county technology services on the ground floor level of the new structure," said Humphrey. "The bottom line of this project is to better serve the citizens of Clermont County when an emergency situation arises."

A partnership between UC Clermont and the Emergency Operations Center has also been forged in conjunction with the new expansion.

"Another exciting component of this project is that it enables us to work with UC Clermont to help train the next generation of emergency responders," said Humphrey.

Ed Bridgeman, assistant professor and the head of the criminal justice program at UC Clermont said, "The new EOC will provide a location to give students on-site knowledge of the many roles that go on behind the scenes in a large scale emergency situation. We hope to provide trained interns to assist with emergency response efforts in the future."
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