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Fremont 9-1-1 Center Open House

FreCom 9-1-1 Employees are seated at work in the new state of the art dispatch center on the 4th floor of the Fremont County Judicial Building. The photo was taken during the September 10th open house when several hundred citizens stopped by to tour the new center.

Citizens of Fremont County were afforded their one and only chance on September 10th to get a first-hand look at the new combined regional dispatch center on the 4th floor of the Fremont County Judicial Building.  The new communications center, now known at FreCom 9-1-1, formally began operations on August 1st with the transition of Florence and Cañon City dispatchers into the new center taking place over several weeks during July.   The new center is operated under joint authority of the Cañon City Area Fire Protection District, the City of Florence, the City of Cañon City, the Fremont E 9-1-1 Board, and Fremont County.

The open house in the new dispatch center was followed by a brief ceremony dedicating the center’s training and conference room to the memory of Priscilla Jenkins, a long time Cañon City Police dispatcher who died tragically in June of 2014.   Jenkins’ family members were on hand for the dedication.

Also attending the open house was Christy Culp, the South Central Regional Representative for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA).   Culp was instrumental in helping Fremont County secure an $830,000 Energy and Mineral Impact grant for project.   The grant represented half of the cost to renovate the space in the Judicial Building and equip it with radio consoles, furniture, and the most current technology available for 9-1-1 center communications.   The local governing partners contributed the other fifty percent of the cost.

Colorado Department of Local Affairs South Central Region representative Christy Culp is pictured (center) presenting a certificate of congratulations to the Fremont County Commissioners and other local officials marking the successful completion of the dispatch center. DOLA provided an $830,000 Mineral Impact Grant representing half the cost of opening the center.