07/16/10 294 W, 1 I - + 6 - 2 Raleigh/Wake Emergency Communications Center History Wanted

The Raleigh/Wake County Emergency Communications Center is compiling their history for their new web page, which debuts August 1. That's when the entire Raleigh web portal gets a new look and feel. They're seeking the following information, and even just leads in that direction:

For the history of fire dispatching, and particularly the Raleigh Fire Department, this document provides some details . Coupled with my other history pages, we get:

What history can you add about fire, police, emergency medical, and ambulance service dispatching?

Post, or send as private mail. Thanks for any input.

Bits from newspaper clippings:

1969 – Project conceived/started, with projected cost of $505,000.

1969 – Wake County Sheriff’s Department installs communication equipment, and cited as one of reasons for not subsequently joining ECC.

1971 – Federal funds obtained to start first phase. Estimated five years and three main phases before in full operation, with computerized dispatching.

1972, March

- ECC begins operation in basement of Raleigh PD headquarters on S. McDowell Street, handling all fire and police calls for Raleigh, Garner, Cary, and Zebulon.

- System is originally designed to include Wake County Sheriff’s Department and all county fire departments. In 1970, County Commissioners decided not to fund their share, and Sheriff and other municipalities subsequently withdraw.

- Radio frequencies include VHF for county fire, VHF for city fire, and UHF and VHF frequencies (2) for Raleigh police.

- Direct telephone “hotlines” to Beacon Ambulance, Wake Memorial Hospital, Wake County Sheriff’s Department (pending), and State Highway Patrol (pending).

- 20-channel recorder with two tapes recording all conversations.

- Two Police Information Network (PIN) terminals in use.

1972, March 1 – Raleigh PD adopts new ten codes, in conjunction with new ECC in operation. Change needed as Raleigh, Zebulon, Garner, and Cary all used different numbering systems.
Legeros - 07/16/10 - 19:53

Send private mail if anyone wants to read some of the old articles on this.
Legeros - 07/17/10 - 13:01

From a reader comes one more milestone:

2007 – Emergency phone reporting boxes removed from service due to widespread use of cell phones. Boxes were located in downtown area and on interstate.

Here’s what the ECC posted on their new web page, a short history of the center:

Legeros - 08/16/10 - 06:42

Above date for ERP boxes corrected to 2007.
Legeros - 08/19/10 - 07:15

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