Fort Wainwright gets new emergency dispatch center

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska Members of Fort Wainwright leadership and emergency services and Fairbanks Mayor Jim Matherly celebrated the opening of a new emergency dispatch center on Wainwright Thursday.

The Mayor joined Garrison Commander Colonel Sean Fisher and one of the dispatchers in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo Credit: John Dougherty/KTVF

The Mayor joined Garrison Commander Colonel Sean Fisher and one of the dispatchers in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Members of the Fort Wainwright Fire Department and Police Department and military leadership joined for the ceremony.

The new center has been in the works for over three years.

“It’s been a lengthy process for three years, it’s not any one individual who has done this,” said Fort Wainwright Deputy Fire Chief David Halbrooks. “It’s been a culmination of probably three or four supervisors, multiple dispatchers that we have had throughout the years, along with myself running it for a time for the last few years as well as others in the fire department and DES. It was really a team effort to get us to this part.”

The old dispatch center used to be in a small room in Fire Station 1 on Fort Wainwright and had very old equipment that was not compatible with other dispatch centers in Fairbanks.

The new center has 4 dispatch stations and will allow emergency services on Wainwright to better communicate with the rest of the borough.

“What it does is brings us into another level of response, be able to respond more accurately in a more timely fashion, and be able to receive information on the move from our dispatch team. Be able to share information with our community partners, whether that be the Alaska State Troopers or Fairbanks Police Department,” Colonel Fisher said.

Mayor Matherly said this will expand lifesaving capabilities. “That’s really what this boils down to, is the lifesaving that will occur. And once it becomes fully hooked up, with our system, it’s going to be an amazing event.

The center is part of a new security center on Wainwright.