Marshall County Shows Off Public Safety Building to Emergency Officials

Photo by Mike Jones Carol Ann Robinson, Marshall County’s interim 911 director, speaks during Friday morning’s combined meeting for the Enhanced 911 and Emergency Management councils that brought in emergency officials from most of the 55 counties in the state.

Marshall County emergency officials were eager to show off their relatively new public safety building in Moundsville to their counterparts across the state.

The $7.3 million facility, which opened in December 2015, was the site of Friday morning’s combined meeting for the Enhanced 911 and Emergency Management councils that brought in emergency officials from most of the 55 counties in the state.

“We’re happy to show off our facility,” said Larry Newell, who retired in February as the county’s 911 director. “It’s a great place.”

The building’s command center in the basement was where emergency officials from around West Virginia gathered to hold their joint monthly council meetings. It was the first time the joint meeting had been in Moundsville.

Besides offering tours of the building, Carol Ann Robinson, the county’s interim 911 director since March, noted that they’re also upgrade various recording and call logging systems. They’ve also successfully navigated installing Next Generation 911 before their zone’s deadline in November, she said.

That prompted emergency management officials from other counties to ask about the process as they begin updating their own systems.

“They’re asking us how that’s going to proceed on their own. We’ve been through it,” Robinson said. “It’s been smooth. We haven’t had any hiccups. They want to know about disruptions, and we’ve had none.”

Tom Hart, the Emergency Management Director for Marshall County, said the command center where the meeting was held could be used by state or federal officials in the event of a natural disaster in the Northern Panhandle. He pointed to the use of the facility by the Federal Emergency Management Agency during severe flooding in the area in 2017.

He praised the county commissioners for building the facility and making upgrades as needed.

“It’s a feather in the cap for them, and for the county,” Hart said.

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