Officials open up new 911 operations center for tour

Local officials gathered to mark the opening of the new 911 Operations Center at the Polk County Emergency Management building on Dec. 19 during a brief ceremony and open house tour of the facility that went into use back in February. (Kevin Myrick/Standard Journal)

A few weeks back before the holidays, Polk County officials gathered at the new 911 Operations Center for an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.

County Commissioners, management, and Rockmart officials all stopped by the new operations center to celebrate just ahead of the holidays on Dec. 19, and watch operators in action on their new equipment.

The new center started operations in February 2017 after more than a year of planning and construction to complete the addition to the EMA building. The facility can house five operators on six-screen computer consoles at one time, with an additional console setup for training purposes.

And should the need ever arise, operators also have portable console systems that use laptops to run the software they use to dispatch emergency calls to first responders in the field.

Check out the photos in the gallery to see the operations center in action.