911 center hits switch from inside new facility

The Grand Junction Regional Communication Center successfully moved into its new home early Wednesday morning with no major hiccups in service to report.

At about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, local dispatcher Lonnie Bierbrauer answered the first Mesa County 911 call in the new center, 555 Ute Ave., as the Grand Junction Police Department and the 911 center slowly move into their new home in downtown Grand Junction.

The move from the old call center where 911 and non-emergency calls to dispatch are made locally took about 15 minutes, according to a release from the Police Department.

During that time frame, one 911 call was received — a medical call — and it was answered in Garfield County and relayed to local emergency personnel, Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said.

“Thanks to some incredible pre-planning and great cooperation between the vendors and our employees, the switch to the new center went remarkably smoothly,” Police Chief John Camper said in the release.

Vendors for the new equipment will stay at the Ute Avenue call site through today in case there are glitches.

The 911 center was the first entity to move into the new building on Ute Avenue.

The rest of the Police Department will follow during the next several weeks, Porras said.


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