01/12/12 203 W, 1 I - + 5 - 1 Raleigh-Wake County Emergency Communications Center Celebrates 40th Anniversary


Press release. The Raleigh-Wake County Emergency Communications Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary today. Since its founding in January of 1972, the center has rendered essential public safety communications that have substantially contributed to the apprehension of criminals, suppression of fires and saving of lives, both in Raleigh and through Wake County and the participating municipalities.

During the past four decades, the emergency communications center has seen growth in demand that mirrors the growth in the community. Between 2000 and 2010 alone, the number of emergency incidents dispatched grew by more than one third. Today, more than a million telephone calls are received or made by the staff each year.

Over the course of its history, the center has played an integral part in mitigating emergencies, both large and small. Among major incidents are the  commuter airplane crash near the airport in 1988, Hurricane Fran in 1996, the ConAgra explosion and fire in 2009, and the killer tornadoes of 2011. Severe weather events are particularly challenging as they directly impact the most citizens and place greater demands upon the center. The 6,386 emergency calls received in a 24-hour period during Hurricane Fran still stands as a record. Read entire press release





RWECC does an awesome job having to manage comms for many different agencies.
Kudos to the entire RWECC staff for a very successful first 40 years!
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 01/13/12 - 09:58

Thanks for all you do for us on the other end of the radio and telephone!
Duda (Email) - 01/13/12 - 15:54



  
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