Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Knox Regional Communications Center Open House - Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Knox regional Communications Center will host an Open House at their facility at 301 Park Street in Rockland on April 16th between the hours of 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Tours of the Communications Center will provided by the staff. This is the first time a tour of the facility has been offered since the grand opening back on March 5, 2013. Visitors will get a chance to see the state of the art communications center where all 9-1-1 calls are processed. 

This tour will provide the opportunity to see where your 9-1-1 call goes to and the equipment used to process those calls. The staff of the 9-1-1 center provides the vital link between the citizens and the Public Safety services of the County. During the tour you will have the opportunity to learn more about the services provided by the center. The staff will also answer questions about career opportunities in the 9-1-1 Center and what it is like to be a dispatcher in this fast paced environment providing such an important service.

The open house will also feature the opportunity to see a Fire Truck, Ambulance and assorted Police vehicles on display in the parking lot. Public Safety personnel will be on hand to answer questions about their equipment and professions.

Weather permitting, Lifeflight of Maine will also have one of their helicopters on site for viewing. This is a very special opportunity for the public to see one of the helicopters up close.

Most people who need emergency medical care can be appropriately transported by ground ambulance. The sickest patients, however, need the critical care and speed that Lifeflight provides.

There will also be displays for viewing inside. The Knox County Amateur Radio Club will be staffing the mobile communications trailer and offering information about the local club and how to become a licensed amateur radio operator. Several members of the club work closely with public safety during major events to provide a secondary means of communication.

The KRCC staff will also be serving hot dogs, chips and soda throughout the event while supplies last. The staff has been working hard to plan this event to provide a unique inside look at public safety communications from the 9-1-1 call process to the service providers.

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