E911 status update, fiber needs to be laid

Published 3:30 pm Monday, June 19, 2023

BROOKHAVEN — Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency director Chris Reid gave an update on the E911 building before the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors Monday morning in a regularly scheduled meeting. Brookhaven and Lincoln County are moving to a joint E911 center this year. 

Reid asked the supervisors if they could approve a $625 per month to add the Brookhaven Police Departments Computer Aided Dispatch module to their system in E911. He said they already have the module for the sheriff’s department and fire departments. 

“When they put calls in downstairs it would go into the module. We need a PD module when we dispatch them,” Reid said.

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District 4 Supervisor Eddie Brown suggested Reid take the request before the City due to the County already paying for the sheriff and fire. Reid said he would take the request before the Board of Aldermen in their Tuesday meeting at 6:30 p.m.

The move in date for E911 remains August. Reid said they have started work on cabinets and installing floors. The center will have carpet flooring to reduce any echo but the carpet is having to be ordered. Reid said he would have the purchase order for the carpet soon. 

He said AT&T needs to run fiber for the center. While the building already has two fiber lines available, AT&T wanted to use its own fiber and will have to run a line under the road and into the wall of the building. Reid said they are working out the kinks with the building. 

“It is a great thing, we just have to get it all together,” Brown said.