The Augusta Emergency Communications Center is located in a secure facility of the Augusta County Government Center. The ECC began operation in 1990 and processes wireline and wireless 9-1-1 calls from the residents and visitors in Augusta County.
The center serves as a back-up communications center for the Staunton Police Department as well as the Waynesboro Emergency Operations Center in the event an emergency occurs at either location.
The Augusta County Emergency Communications Center is managed by a director and an assistant director. The ECC is staffed 24 hours a day and 365 days a year with four supervisors, 12 full-time telecommunicators, and one part-time telecommunicator. The telecommunicators are trained in emergency call handling techniques and are able to process a wide array of emergencies that occur within and around Augusta County, which total over 216,000 calls yearly. Each person on staff is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and trained in CPR, Emergency Medical Dispatch instructions, VCIN operations, and also possess a wide array of computer skills. The telecommunicators have also completed a 2 week basic dispatcher course for Fire, Rescue, and Law Enforcement Telecommunications at the Central Shenadoah Criminal Justice Academy.
Several telecommunicators are also active volunteers with various emergency service agencies in and around Augusta County or have previously volunteered with such agencies.
Last updated: 11/18/2009 1:23:09 PM