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LFD to house 911 auxiliary center

Posted: December 30, 2010 11:51 a.m.
Updated: December 31, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Does Kershaw County need a backup facility for fielding 911 calls?

State law says yes, but the county has long been without a second location.

Kershaw County Council approved an agreement during its Dec. 14 meeting to secure the second floor of the Lugoff Fire District headquarters on U.S. 1 as a “911 dispatch emergency facility.”

Central 911 Communications Director Kirk Stropes addressed council, expressing the need for the county to have a secondary location in place. Stropes said previous county administrations had tabled the issue for several years.

“This is something we’ve been attempting to do for many years,” said Stropes. “We’ve had several incidents where we really could’ve utilized something to evacuate our folks. This is something we desperately need.”

Terms of the 6-year agreement between the county and the Lugoff Fire District state that Kershaw County is responsible for all 911 equipment, and the county “will purchase, install and maintain the telephone, radio communication and Internet systems within the Lugoff Fire District’s facility to replace the fire district’s existing system, including all intercom, extensions, public address and date transfer capabilities.”

The Lugoff Fire District will provide electrical power to the space with emergency generator backup, radio tower space, and HVAC to the space, as well as janitorial services.

All costs associated with backup will be covered under the 911 Tariff Budget, according to Stropes. Monthly costs would run approximately$2,500, for which Stropes said he has accounted in his budget.

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