Barrow County Emergency Services will begin the process of moving to the county’s new 911 center on Tuesday, May 25.
The move will begin at approximately 3 a.m. and is expected to last until noon. For the past year, personnel have been planning the transition to the department’s new headquarters located at 222 Pleasant Hill Church Road.
Three months ago, department leaders and all vendors began meeting each week in preparation for the move. The meetings increased to twice weekly in the past two weeks as final preparations were being made.
“We appreciate the vendors attending all of these meetings as well as the leaders of this department,” said Barrow County Emergency Services interim chief John Skinner. “I also want to thank E911 Manager Kathy Wallace for all her hard work in this move.”
There are several contingency plans in place so that there is no loss of service to the 911 lines during the move. The old center will stay online until the new one is completely up and running.
Skinner and deputy chief Bryan Bullock will be at headquarters shortly after the move starts and will remain there until the move is complete in order to ensure the transition goes smoothly.
“We wanted to make citizens aware that this move was taking place and that we have made every possible effort to ensure that the 911 system stays available to the citizens we protect,” Skinner said. “Citizen’s safety is and always will be our number one concern and that includes keeping the 911 lines available should they need us.”