Ground broken for new emergency services center

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on February 1st at the construction site located on Country Club Road in Wadesboro. 

County Commission Chair Anna Baucom told the crowd gathered that the new emergency services center is part of Anson County “investing in ourselves.”

“We are building something for the people of Anson County,” she said.

Wadesboro Mayor Bill Thacker thanked the county for its investment. “Anson County, you can be proud of what we’re here for today and for what you’re doing for the health and safety of our community.”

Sheriff Tommy Allen reported that the new emergency services center will hopefully bring new jobs to the community as well, before he introduced Jeff Rodgers, chairman of the Anson County Chamber of Commerce. Rodgers praised the “forward-thinking leadership” of Anson’s local government, pointing not only to the new emergency services center, but also the recent renovations to the 100-year-old courthouse and Belk building in uptown Wadesboro. “These are exciting times to be in Anson County,” he said.

Dan Mace with Moseley Architects also spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony. “A project like this is kind of in the background until you need these services the most,” he said. “This facility will be built to withstand any kind of natural disaster. In times of disaster, the 911 center is the heartbeat of the community.”

The 24,000-square-foot emergency services center will house Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Fire Marshal/Emergency Operations Director, 911 Call Center and a dedicated Emergency Operations Center.

Richard Taylor, executive director of the state’s 911 board, said the new facility will be a benchmark for the rest of the state to follow. “Don’t let the four walls of this building stop you from moving forward,” he said. “Continue to move forward, and help make this a state and regional 911 network.”

“Welcome to our field of dreams,” Gatewood said after the commissioners turned the dirt to start the project. “When we started this project 28 months ago, we wanted it to be well designed, affordable and sized to meet our needs for years to come.  I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished here.”  If all goes according to plan, the new center will be completed in February 2014.

Acknowledgement:  The Anson Record for its contribution to this story.

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