POINT PLEASANT — Sometimes an important project just needs a little extra help to be completed.
This is where the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation, specifically its funds from the Gordon C. and Mildred R. Jackson Foundation, come into play, according to Mario Liberatore.
Liberatore, representing both the Jackson Foundation and Community Foundation, recently presented Mason County Emergency Services with a grant check for $5,000.
According to R.C. Faulk, deputy director of Mason County 911 and the office of emergency services, the grant money helped purchase digital console tables for an upgrade of its emergency operations center located within the 911 center which also doubles as a classroom for training.
Faulk said employees from both the 911 center and EMS can use the room for training. In the event of an emergency or disaster, the room becomes the center of operations with its new phones, computers and of course, the console tables to house and organize them all.
Faulk said the $5,000 covered basically half the costs to purchase the console tables which were around $9,940 total. The emergency operations center upgrade also included a homeland security grant in 2013 for around $7,000 which related to networking and hardware, Faulk said. He added the telephone equipment was part of the 911 center’s upgrade which was reported on in a previous edition of the Point Pleasant Register.
Faulk said all the installation of the equipment was done locally and saved a significant amount of money by going this route.
“If we had to add it all up it’s probably $40,000 or so in replacement value,” Faulk said.
The Emergency Operations Center, commonly known as the EOC located within the 911 center, is the central command and control facility that has the responsibility for emergency preparedness, disaster management, life safety of the residents of Mason County.