New Jefferson County 911 center opens in Center Point

CENTER POINT, Ala. (WIAT) — The doors to the new 911 center in Jefferson County opened Wednesday. 18 cities will be under the umbrella of the new consolidated center.

Howard Summerford is the director of the new center and thinks having all of the agencies — the Sheriff’s office, fire department, police department and paramedics — under one roof will significantly improve communication, especially in a natural disaster like a tornado.

“If there’s any confusion or misunderstanding,” he explained, “they can talk directly to each other which is much better than having to place a phone call.”

Officials say they’d like to see more cities join the effort in the future.

“All the cities are working together as one,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight. “This would be a model to do that.”

Summerford agrees. He thinks the time and money spent for this project could eventually save a life.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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